Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard is pleased to have finally had surgery on a troublesome groin problem and now feels confident about his recovery and future fitness.
The England midfielder had surgery in early March, ruling him out of the remainder of the season, having struggled with the problem for several months in the current campaign and also in previous years.
However, now he can concentrate on his recovery and he believes the club made the right decision to send him for an operation, writing in his programme notes ahead of the home clash with Newcastle: "Being injured is absolutely killing me."
He continued: "The manager and everyone else do their best to make you feel part of it but unless you are out there starting every week it doesn't quite feel the same.
"Having said that, I am pleased I have had the surgery because for the first time in a while I'm feeling confident about my groin.
"Fingers crossed I'll be there on the first day of pre-season."
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