Gerrard out of England's World Cup qualifiers

Updated: 03 September 2008 08:12 IST

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard will miss England's first World Cup qualifiers after a groin operation.

Liverpool, England:

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard will miss England's first World Cup qualifiers after a groin operation.

Gerrard will undergo surgery on Thursday and will be sidelined for at least 10 days, ruling the midfielder out of England's crucial away matches against Andorra on Sept. 6 and Croatia four days later.

Gerrard struggled in pain through the 120 minutes of Wednesday's last-gasp 1-0 victory over Standard Liege to reach the Champions League group stage.

"(Gerrard) has a groin problem so he will have an operation and could be out for 10 to 15 days," Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez said after the victory. "It's not serious, but we need to do it. He has been playing some games in pain, not being 100 percent fit.

"He had a problem for the first leg with Liege and when he went away with England for the friendly last week against the Czech Republic. We talked with the doctor yesterday and today and it was decided that Steven would play in this match with the pain, but now we will have to get the situation solved."

Gerrard should be fit for the start of the Champions League group stage on Sept. 16, but won't be available to England manager Fabio Capello.

"He will miss Sunday's game against Aston Villa, the international games and maybe the game against Manchester United (on Sept. 13)," Benitez said.

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