Gerrard sidelined with torn hamstring blow

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard is expected to be out for three weeks after suffering a torn hamstring. Gerrard limped out of Wednesday's FA Cup Fourth Round replay defeat against Everton at Goodison Park after just 16 minutes, being replaced by Yossi Benayoun, with scans on Thursday revealing a tear to his left hamstring.

"A scan today has confirmed a tear in the hamstring of Steven's left leg," a club spokesman told Liverpool's official website. "He will be out of action for about three weeks." The injury means he will sit out Liverpool's Premier League trip to Portsmouth at the weekend and England's friendly international with Spain in Seville next week. However, more concerning news for Reds fans is that their skipper could be out of Liverpool's Champions League last 16 clash with Real Madrid at the Bernabeu on February 25.

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