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Last Updated: Thursday, 16 August 2007, 12:39 GMT 13:39 UK
Gerrard passed fit for Liverpool
Steven Gerrard
Gerrard was given a tough time by Toulouse
Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard has a hairline fracture of his toe but will be fit to face Chelsea on Sunday.

However, manager Rafael Benitez said the midfielder is unlikely to be available for England's friendly against Germany on Wednesday.

"I think he'll be available for Sunday, but if we push him for that he will have to rest afterwards," said Benitez.

Gerrard, 27, took a painful crack on his right foot during the Champions League tie with Toulouse.

He was substituted after 61 minutes.

Benitez said: "It's not serious but we have to be careful. It's not a big risk but we can push him and then he needs rest.

"He will need an injection but then he can play without pain against Chelsea.

"I now have to talk to [England coach] Steve McClaren, but he has to understand playing Steven for England will be a big risk for his future."



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