Gerrard struggling to recover says Benitez

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Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez fears Steven Gerrard will remain out of action for almost two weeks as the club chases its first English title in 19 years.

The England midfielder was already ruled out of tonight's match against Arsenal because of a groin injury, and Benitez now says it will be "difficult" for him to recover in time for Saturday's match against Hull.

Liverpool's next match after that is at home to Newcastle on Sunday 3 May.

"It's always disappointing when Stevie isn't in the team but we have won games without him and played well without him at times this season," Benitez said today. "We have quality in the squad and I am sure we can still play nice football, score goals and win games, whoever is in the team."

Gerrard, who strained his adductor muscle, missed last week's match at Chelsea as the Reds were ousted from the Champions League.

In the Premier League, Liverpool are one point behind leader Manchester United, which has a game in hand.