Liverpool’s Steven Gerrard insists that reports claiming he will be out of action for three months, are way off the mark.
Gerrard broke a metatarsal during Liverpool’s defeat to Manchester United on Monday.
“As far as I am concerned the injury will keep me out for two months and no longer,” said Gerrard.
“I spoke to the surgeon on Tuesday and he told me it should be eight weeks.”
“I know people are comparing my injury to others who’ve had a similar knock, like Wayne Rooney, added Gerrard.
Rooney broke a metatarsal in Euro 2004 and three months on, he has yet to play a competitive match.
“But although there are similarities, there are also differences.
“I don’t think mine’s as bad. I’m hoping that proves to be the case. In fact, I’m hoping I could even get back earlier than people think, but I don’t want to set targets too early.
“I’ve got to just lie low and rest for a while. I’ve got a special machine in my house I’ll be using twice a day to help my recovery.
“It’s a devastating blow for me to miss any games, but I’ll still be going to the matches and supporting the lads.
“I’m still the captain and have a big role to play, even if I can’t be out there with the lads.”