Liverpool blow as Steven Gerrard ruled out for a month

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard will be sidelined for up to four weeks after undergoing successful surgery on a groin problem, the Merseyside club have confirmed.

Gerrard was not part of the Reds squad which travelled to Portugal for Thursday night's Europa League last 16 clash with Braga and it has now been revealed he is set for an extended spell on the sidelines.

A club statement issued this afternoon read: "LFC can today confirm that Steven Gerrard has undergone successful surgery on his groin and will be out for up to four weeks.

"The decision was made following consultation with a specialist."

If he is out for four weeks he will not feature for England in the Euro 2012 qualifier against Wales later this month or the friendly against Ghana which follows it.