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Gerrard back in training

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has returned to training as he takes the next step towards recovering from shoulder surgery.

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Gerrard, 33, missed the final two games of his side's 2012-13 Premier League campaign after an operation in May, with the midfielder having been troubled by his shoulder for several months.

He was forced to sit out England's end-of-season friendlies against Ireland and Brazil, amid reports – later dismissed by Liverpool – that he was in danger of missing the start of next season.

The Reds have indicated that their medical team are satisfied with Gerrard's progress since his operation, and the England captain is on course to play a full part for both club and country when the 2013-14 campaign kicks off.

In addition to his club commitments, Gerrard is set to play a key part in the Three Lions' World Cup qualifiers against Moldova and Ukraine in September.

The midfielder has returned to Liverpool's Melwood training ground two weeks ahead of his team-mates, who are due to report for the start of their pre-season programme in early July.

He expects to be ready to play a part in the club's opening pre-season friendly at Preston on July 13, ahead of a three-match tour of the Far East and Australia, and his testimonial against Olympiakos at Anfield on August 3.

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