Gerrard thanks fans for support after injury setbacks

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has thanked the Reds fans for the support they gave to him whilst he was struggling with injury, liverpoolfc.tv reports.

The 31 year old had groin surgery in March and missed the end of last season. Gerrard made his return at the start of the season, but then suffered an ankle infection in October and was ruled out for another lengthy spell. Gerrard made his return against Blackburn on Boxing Day as a second half substitute and was met with rapturous applause from the Liverpool fans. The England international is expected to play a part in tonight’s fixture with Newcastle United at Anfield.

Gerrard has acknowledged that the injuries have been frustrating for both himself and the fans who wanted him back in the side. The Reds captain has paid tribute to the fans who kept his spirits up whilst he was injured and Gerrard is eager to repay them. Liverpool head into tonight’s game at Anfield in sixth position and a win will move them to fifth above Arsenal.

The England international said: ‘It’s just great to be back involved again and be back with my teammates. The last eight weeks have been really long. It was a freak injury and coming so soon after being out for so long with my groin, it’s been absolute torture. I’ve just had to work so hard to get back again and now I’m looking forward to playing games.

‘Coming on against Blackburn was special. The reception I got when I came on was really touching and it meant a lot to me’, Gerrard added.

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