Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard gave England another injury scare yesterday when he failed to complete his second successive training session.
The Liverpool skipper pulled out halfway through shooting practice – a day after he needed a massage on his right calf.
Gerrard completed yesterday’s warm-up drills but then withdrew from the main group as he jogged three laps of the ATV Arena with head physio Gary Lewin and Anfield team-mate Jamie Carragher close behind.
Carragher stayed out to rejoin the England squad for the closing stages of their shooting routine but Gerrard headed to the gym with Lewin for 15 minutes of treatment.
He emerged from there and spent a couple of minutes sitting on a bench with Rio Ferdinand, Shaun Wright-Phillips, David James and James Milner before heading into the dressing room and on to the coach to await the rest of the squad.
FA chiefs are adamant there is no long-term risk for Gerrard, who boarded the team bus with no strapping to his calf, and insist there is no risk to his World Cup chances.
But the fact he was treated by the head physio yesterday rather than a fitness coach or masseur was worrying with the tournament fast approaching.
At least Glen Johnson, who missed Thursday’s training with a calf problem, resumed yesterday – and produced some outstanding finishing in the shooting session.
Stephen Warnock also trained after turning an ankle the previous day, while Ledley King once more worked with a physio in the gym, because of his fragile knee.
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