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Gerrard set to miss Christmas congestion

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Liverpool and England captain Steven Gerrard is set to be out until the New Year, a source has told ESPN.

Gerrard limped off during the second half of Saturday's 4-1 Premier League win over West Ham, and will undergo a scan on Monday to determine the extent of the problem.

Early indications are that he could miss the Christmas programme.

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But team-mate Glen Johnson is confident Liverpool will be able to cope without Gerrard, insisting they have the strength in their squad to manage without the 33-year-old, despite a testing run of December fixtures that includes trips to Tottenham, Manchester City and Chelsea.

The right-back, who took the captain's armband after Gerrard went off, told the Liverpool Echo: "Any team without Stevie is going to miss him and hopefully it's not as bad as it looks but we've got a good squad.

"We've bounced back from the defeat to Hull and we couldn't have done much more in the games against Norwich and West Ham.

"We have scored 20 goals in our last five home games is quite impressive. It is what all the top teams try to do - make their home ground a fortress.

"We have some tough away games coming up. We only worry about the next one and I am sure we will step it up for the so-called bigger teams.

"If we can start scoring a few more goals away and pick up a few more points it will blend in nicely with our home record.

"We are good enough to be up there. If we keep picking up points, it will take care of itself."

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