Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard will miss Wednesday’s decisive Champions League match at Lyon.
Reds boss Rafael Benitez revealed the news that Gerrard along with midfielder Albert Riera and defenders Martin Kelly and Martin Skrtel will miss the game, but added that he was hoping Italian midfielder Alberto Aquilani would recover from a virus for the Group E match.
“Gerrard won’t travel to Lyon,” Benitez told the club’s official website. “He has no chance. He is improving but we have to wait. He has had an injection but we have to wait two or three days and see how he reacts.
“Aquilani had a virus,” Benitez added. “He trained today but was a little weak. Hopefully, in two days time he will be better.”
Benitez confirmed that striker Fernando Torres, who is suffering from an adductor muscle injury, was part of the squad travelling to France, adding: “We have to take Fernando to Lyon because we don’t have too many options.”