England captain Steven Gerrard is receiving pain-killing injections in a bid to overcome a hip injury in time to line up against Germany next week.
The Three Lions face Germany in a friendly at Wembley, the first time they have taken on the Nationalmannschaft since suffering a humiliating 4-1 defeat at their hands in the last 16 of the 2010 World Cup.
Gerrard is desperate to face England’s old foes and although he will miss this Friday’s friendly against Chile, Roy Hodgson is hopeful the Liverpool midfielder will be available next week, saying: "Steven's had an injection, so we hope he's okay to play against Germany.”
Liverpool have supported Gerrard’s decision to undergo the injections and he is currently training away from the rest of his international teammates at Arsenal’s London Colney complex.
England will also be without Spurs right-back Kyle Walker – who is struggling with a thigh injury -- for the match against Chile, while Daniel Sturridge is doubtful as he nurses a bruised bone in his foot.