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Liverpool boss Benitez has Gerrard injury concerns

Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard are out of England's friendly with Germany in Berlin on Wednesday.

Gerrard reported for duty on Sunday night despite the Liverpool website stating he would be unavailable after picking up a groin injury at Bolton on Saturday.

But a check by the FA's medical staff has proved that diagnosis to be correct and Gerrard has returned to the north-west.

Gerrard's midfield partner Lampard also misses out after scans on a rib injury he picked up at West Brom on Saturday revealed he would not be fit enough to be involved at the Olympic Stadium.

Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez has confirmed that Gerrard is facing a race against time to be fit for the Champions League group game with Marseille a week on Wednesday.

Benitez said: "We had to do a scan after the Bolton game because Steven said he had some pain in his groin.

"It is not a massive problem and we hope he will be ready to return in seven to 10 days."

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