Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard is set to miss Jamie Carragher's last game in a red shirt but is determined he'll be fighting fit for next season.
Gerrard, who picked up a shoulder injury in January of this year, has been carrying the knock for months now and requires surgery which will rule him out for the rest of the season. The Anfield warrior contracted the problem whilst playing Oldham Athletic in an FA Cup tie.
The England international told LFC TV: "It's disappointing but to be honest, that [playing every league game] is not a very important personal achievement - what is more important is that I am fit and available for the team.
"Between the medical staff and myself, we've decided the best decision is to get it done now so I am ready for pre-season training.
"I'm very disappointed to miss the last two games, but it's a stage now where it's probably better if another player plays because he'll be able to offer more because the shoulder is quite sore."
Gerrard paid tribute to the Liverpool medical staff for strapping him up and getting him out on the field for last few months. It was evident Gerrard had a shoulder problem when he swapped shirts at the end of each contest when he revealed a taped shoulder.
Gerrard who has played 36 Premier League games this season, will now miss Fulham away and QPR at home on the last day of the campaign.
"I've felt my form has been good this season. I think I got off to a slow start after the tournament [Euro 2012] but got stronger as the season went on," he added.
"I've enjoyed the season, although it is disappointing to leave it empty handed."
Gerrard has scored nine goals and only picked up five yellow cards this campaign for the Merseysiders. The midfield general plans to be fit for pre-season of the 2013/14 if everything goes to plan with the surgery. Gerrard then turned his attention to his mate and pondered: "Then there's Jamie Carragher's last game against QPR. I think all the players in the dressing room, all the supporters and the staff need to give him the lift he needs to make sure he goes off with a win."
He added: "That's my main disappointment - that I can't share the last game with him. But it's always going to be nice to say the last game I played with Jamie was the derby.
"Hopefully he doesn't put too much weight on over the summer and can join me for my testimonial!"
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