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Gerrard campaign ended early for surgery
Steven Gerrard will miss the final two league games of the season in order to undergo shoulder surgery, Liverpool have revealed.
The surgery means the England captain is almost certain to be unavailable for the Three Lions' two forthcoming post-season friendlies - against the Republic of Ireland and Brazil. The second of those takes place in Rio de Janeiro, at the recently refurbished Maracana.
"The captain's injury has progressively worsened in recent weeks and requires an operation to cure it," a Liverpool statement read. "Gerrard will now miss the final two games of 2012-13, but he is expected to be fit for the start of pre-season training this summer."
The club's medical team had held out hope of putting the operation off until the summer. However, the procedure on the 32-year-old's left shoulder will see him miss the Reds' upcoming trip to Fulham on Sunday before they host Queens Park Rangers at Anfield on the final day of the campaign.
The news means that last Sunday's 0-0 draw in the Merseyside derby against Everton at Anfield will be the final official match in which Gerrard played alongside long-time team-mate Jamie Carrgaher, who retires at the end of the season.