It was confirmed today that captain Steven Gerrard has a hairline fracture of his toe (which exact toe is unclear), stemming from the attentions of Toulouse’s Pantxi Sireix. While it’s certainly not thrilling news, compared to the Rooney injury, it’s a mere boo-boo.
Captain Fantastic will play against Chelsea and then sit out after that match, therefore missing England’s ‘friendly’ versus Germany.
A very shrewd move by Rafa, who has made it clear to the England boss who’s pulling the strings here. The Goateed One had this to say:
We have been told by our doctors that this is not a big risk but he will clearly then need to rest after the Chelsea match. He will need one or two weeks’ rest. He will train but he will not be able to join up with England. I will talk to Steve McClaren and I am sure he will understand.
Translation: The injury isn’t that bad. He can play, but only for Liverpool. We’re not going to let him aggravate it playing a useless game for England. If we played Manchester United the following Wednesday, he’d probably feature in that too. But, we don’t, so he’ll rest his toe after Chelsea. If Steve McClaren has a problem with that, tough shit.
Playing through injury and leading by example, just two of the attributes that need to be demonstrated by championship-caliber teams. Well done, Stevie.