Liverpool’s Steven Gerrard hopes to be fit for Spurs clash
Liverpool skipper will return to training next week and expects to be ready for the Reds' trip to Tottenham
Steven Gerrard is targeting a return to first team football in time for Liverpool’s trip to Tottenham on 18 September.
The Liverpool captain has been sidelined for the last five months after undergoing surgery on a persistent groin injury – but he expects to return to full training next week.
“I feel really good and I’m back kicking balls again – it’s all positive. I should be back in full training on Thursday or Friday,” Gerrard told Liverpool’s website.
“I won’t be involved against Stoke next Saturday but my plan is to hopefully be involved in the game against Tottenham. It will be Kenny’s decision when I come back in.”
He added: “At the moment it’s all good and I’m itching to get back. In fact it’s worse than itching, my stomach is turning. It’s been a tough five months for me since I had the surgery. It’s been up and down emotionally and I’ve missed playing so much.
“I’ve had a good rest, I’m fired up and I’m raring to go again. I know I’m going to come back fitter, stronger and hungrier than ever.”
The 31-year-old England international suffered a setback with his rehabilitation earlier this summer as a groin infection delayed his return to action.
However, the England midfielder insists he is now finally ready to make his return to Kenny Dalglish’s side, who are third in the Premier League table.
“Since coming out of hospital my rehab has gone really well,” Gerrard said. “I’m really happy and positive again. My groin is as strong as it’s ever been.
“My groin is tested when I’m working and the physios collect data. My groin scores now are better than before I even started feeling my groin. What I’ve done over the past four weeks tells me that’s the case and I’ve got total confidence in it.”