Bug rules out Gerrard

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Liverpool midfielder Steven Gerrard has been ruled out of Wednesday night´s Carling Cup quarter-final at Chelsea with a stomach bug.

The England player´s illness makes a return for Xabi Alonso all the more likely after a 10-match absence with a metatarsal injury, after being sidelined since the 1-1 draw with Arsenal in October.

Manager Rafael Benitez told the club website, "Xabi is training normally and should be available for the match at Chelsea. We are going into a busy period with lots of games so it is important to have our best players available."

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