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Gerrard suffers hairline toe fracture

Jeremy Butler | August 17, 2007 00:24 IST

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard is doubtful for England's [Images] friendly with Germany [Images] on Wednesday after suffering a hairline fracture of the toe in the Champions League qualifier against Toulouse.

Gerrard is expected to play for Liverpool against Chelsea at Anfield on Sunday with the aid of a pain-killing injection but manager Rafael Benitez says the midfielder may have to pull out of the England game.

"I think he will be available for the weekend, but if we push him for that he will have to rest afterwards," Benitez told reporters on Thursday.

"It's not serious but we have to be careful. It's not a big risk but we can push him and then he needs rest. He will need an injection but then he can play without pain against Chelsea.

"I now have to talk to (England coach) Steve McClaren, but he has to understand (playing Steven for England) will be a big risk for his future."

Gerrard was substituted after 61 minutes of the first leg match in France [Images] on Wednesday which Liverpool won 1-0. The injury is to his right foot.

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