Gerrard to have shoulder op, misses rest of season

Steven Gerrard will undergo surgery on his left shoulder this
week, ruling him out of Liverpool’s final two games of the Premier
League and England’s upcoming friendlies against Ireland and
Brazil.

”The captain’s injury has progressively worsened in recent
weeks and requires an operation to cure it,” Liverpool said
Tuesday, adding that Gerrard should be fit for the start of
preseason training.

Liverpool’s final two league games are against Fulham on Sunday
and Queens Park Rangers on May 19.

England coach Roy Hodgson must find a new captain for the home
friendly against Ireland on May 29 and the trip to play Brazil on
June 2.

The 33-year-old Gerrard has been playing through the injury,
starting in every league game this season to equal his previous
longest run set April 2006 to April 2007. He has missed only 17
minutes of action – when he was substituted against Newcastle in
the 6-0 win last month

Liverpool, which cannot qualify for Europe this season, will
also be without its other star player, Luis Suarez, for the last
two games as the striker is in the middle of a 10-match ban for
biting an opponent.