Steven Gerrard was spotted Thursday morning entering the Melwood training ground in Liverpool. Naturally, the news of the injured midfielder traveling to England quickly blew up on social media, and Bruce Arena addressed the issue in training.
Allegedly Gerrard is receiving treatment for his oft-injured hamstring and will return next week, missing Sunday’s crucial match vs. the Houston Dynamo.
Arena says that Steven Gerrard is doing rehabilitation for a hamstring injury in Liverpool & will be back by next week. He's out for Sunday— Adam Serrano (@LAGalaxyInsider) October 13, 2016
For the much-criticized Gerrard, there will continue to be plenty of questions surrounding the mystery of his absence: Is it really necessary to travel 3,000 miles away from Los Angeles to rehab a hamstring?
Follow the clues. (Or in this case, the tweets)
@RogueLeaderLA Some players trust other doctors and according to Arena, there wasn't anything he couldn't do here that he could do there— Adam Serrano (@LAGalaxyInsider) October 13, 2016
I’m sure Gerrard’s doctor is a nice fellow and an able physiologist, but this matter-of-fact statement from Bruce is telling. Did Steven feel the need to get away for a little bit? We all need a vacation every once in a while, and its surely understandable for a player with his injury struggles to go on a little break to refresh the body and mind.
However, try telling that to Galaxy fans who are understandably impatient with the Designated Player.