Steven Gerrard Ruled Out of England Duty to Face Chile, Daniel Sturridge "Monitored"

Mike Hewitt

England's friendlies with Chile and Germany will help pass the time over the next week and a half, but it's possible Liverpool's only involvement will come from Jordan Henderson and Glen Johnson as Steven Gerrard is ruled out and Daniel Sturridge is in recovery.

The participation of Luis Suarez in a World Cup playoff means this international break isn't entirely without meaning, though after Uruguay put five past a resolute but ultimately overwhelmed Jordan side, it's debatable whether or not there's really any point to Suarez taking part in the return leg next week. He'll likely see some time as a formality, but today's result leaves little "meaning" in the remainder of the international break for those on the Liverpool side of things.

**As totokia rightfully pointed out, this is completely and embarrassingly untrue, as Victor Moses will try to help Nigeria carry their 2-1 lead to an aggregate win over Ethiopia when they meet in the second leg on Saturday. Trust no-one, but don't trust me especially.**

There's potential for even less involvement from the Liverpool perspective with today's news that Steven Gerrard, who'd been carrying a hip injury ahead of the 4-0 win over Fulham on Saturday, will miss England's match with Chile, and Daniel Sturridge could be a doubt as well:

Steven Gerrard and Kyle Walker look set to miss England's meeting with Chile at Wembley on Friday. Gerrard and Walker, along with Daniel Sturridge, all sat out Roy Hodgson's main training session at London Colney on Wednesday and instead took part in a recovery session in the gym. While the skipper and the Tottenham Hotspur defender remain doubtful for the first of two games this week, Sturridge will continue to be monitored.

Gerrard's absence could extend through Tuesday's date with Germany, while Sturridge--who's fighting to be first-choice in an England attack that hasn't quite come together--will likely hope to be involved at least once in the coming days assuming being "monitored" doesn't mean he's actually hurt again, in which case oh shit that's not good at all.

Glen Johnson and Jordan Henderson are available, though, and while the former is more established, it'll be interesting to see how Roy Hodgson uses both this week. Johnson will have Kyle Walker to fend off for the starting job at right-back (which he should do comfortably), while Henderson is just hoping to do enough to make the squad.

As always, the main hope in the short term is that everyone makes it through the week and returns to Merseyside fit and fresh, ready to face Everton in next Saturday's derby.

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