Carragher out for three months as Gerrard returns
The defender’s dislocated shoulder needs surgery, but Gerrard and Joe Cole are on the mend
Liverpool will be without defensive lynchpin Jamie Carragher for three months after he dislocated his shoulder in Sunday's 2-1 defeat to Tottenham. But there is some good news for Liverpool fans as Steven Gerrard and Joe Cole are both on the verge of returning their respective injuries.
Carragher was told during the week that his shoulder will require surgery which means the former England defender is now unlikely to return until early next year.
"I'll be having surgery at the end of the week," he said. "The average is about 12 weeks. I'd like to come back before that but I've got to make sure it's right.
"It will probably be late February or early March when I'm looking to come back. It's difficult for me when I'm injured. It hasn't happened very often, and I'm very lucky with that I suppose, but maybe it's caught up with me a little bit now."
His teammate and captain Steven Gerrard has been sidelined since injuring his hamstring during England's friendly defeat to France on November 17 but has been making good progress with his recovery.
Club doctors predicted that he would be out for four weeks, but the sometime England captain is set to return to training next week.
Liverpool's head of sports medicine Dr Peter Brukner said: "Steven's going well. He's back running, though not back in training.
"He's certainly looking good to play the Newcastle game [on December 11], which has been our target all along. We're hoping he'll be back in training at the start of next week. Everything's gone to plan."
Liverpool's summer acquisition Joe Cole should be back from his own hamstring injury even sooner than Gerrard and could play a part during Thursday's Europa League tie with Steaua Bucharest.
"Joe is in full training and is available for the Europa League game," Brukner said. "He'll be travelling to Bucharest... He'll be 100% for Thursday night."