Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish has delivered an injury update on Steven Gerrard and, whilst the club skipper will miss the start of the season, the latest setback is not as bad as first feared.
Gerrard has been out of action with a groin problem since March, and after undergoing successful surgery suffered a relapse when it was revealed last week that he'd require antibiotics and hospital treatment for an infection in the troublesome area.
However, recent tests on the player's groin infection have come back with a much more positive response, and manager Dalglish reassured concerned fans: “Steven will not be too far away. The tests that have come back are far better than what was anticipated so we are delighted with that for him.
“He’s had some really positive news and we’ll just wait for the progress to continue. The operation he had has been a fantastic success. It’s just the infection. It’s good news for Steven and for everyone else. I don’t think we’ll ever forget how good Steven is.”
The 31-year-old has missed all of the Reds pre-season campaign on the pitch, which has seen the Anfield outfit concede three goals in five consecutive matches.
However, Dalglish is confident the Merseysiders will be able to come good when he puts his available first team on the pitch on the opening day of the season. "It could have been better but we've had a lot of people coming in at various times," said the Scot.
"Everybody that has been with us has got a reasonable amount of time on the pitch. As we get closer to the Sunderland game we'll pare it down a little bit."