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.