Steven Gerrard faces scan ahead of Sweden friendly

England's Steven Gerrard was set to have a "precautionary scan" on a knee injury on Monday ahead of the friendly international away to Sweden on Wednesday, the Football Association announced.

Reported by: Agence France-Presse
Last updated on Monday, 12 November, 2012 21:36 IST
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London: England's Steven Gerrard was set to have a "precautionary scan" on a knee injury on Monday ahead of the friendly international away to Sweden on Wednesday, the Football Association announced.

However, the FA said the 99-times capped Liverpool midfielder "was expected to be fit to travel to Sweden where he is in line to win his 100th cap for his country".

Gerrard suffered his injury during Liverpool's 1-1 Premier League draw with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

If he plays in Stockholm, Gerrard will become only the sixth player to win 100 England caps following Billy Wright, Bobby Moore, Bobby Charlton, Peter Shilton and David Beckham.

Chelsea and England striker Daniel Sturridge paid tribute to Gerrard by saying: "He is a great player and has been fantastic with me when I've been in the squad.

"If you ask any midfielder who has played against him they will say he's a great player. For them to say he is such a great player and to be on 99 caps is a huge achievement and hopefully he will win his 100th cap on Wednesday."

Meanwhile Sturridge said while it was frustrating not to play as often as he would like for Chelsea, he was grateful for the continued support of England manager Roy Hodgson.

"It's a lot more difficult when you are not playing regularly but I try to train well and as hard as I can and just wait for the opportunities," he added.

"I am thankful for the manager choosing me and giving me the showcase to show what I am capable of.

"When he got the job he made it clear it was not always about players who are starting for the team and if he believes in you he will choose you for his squad."

Story first published on: Monday, 12 November 2012 21:35 IST

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