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Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard will miss the last two games to undergo surgery to repair his shoulder.
Furthermore, the English international will also sit out England’s summer friendlies against the Republic of Ireland on May 29 and Brazil on June 2.
Initially, the midfielder was supposed to go through the procedure in the summer but the Reds decided that it could not wait any longer – Gerrard will have it done this week.
In a statement, Liverpool confirmed: “The captain’s injury has progressively worsened in recent weeks and requires an operation to cure it.
“Gerrard will now miss the final two games of 2012-13, but he is expected to be fit for the start of pre-season training this summer.”
The club captain will be 33 years old later this month and has had his best season fitness-wise. He completed his 36th consecutive Premier League start in the Merseyside Derby on Sunday – his longest since his same number of games from April 2006 to April 2007.