Melwood Training Ground, LIVERPOOL: Although widely reported in the media that Gerrard had used the international break, to step up his rehabilitation from a nagging groin injury. SpoofyDoofy was able to gain an exclusive insight into Steven Gerrard's rehabilitation programme and issue the following report.
"I was met at Liverpool Lime Street Station by one of Steven Gerrard's special 'Magic Roundabout' cars, driven by Zebedee. Along Prescott Road we sped towards the training ground at Melwood, near Croxteth Park. I read the morning newspaper proclaiming that Steven Gerrard had undergone an "…anti-inflammatory injection has alleviated the need for groin surgery" and the "Liverpool captain had the injection almost two weeks ago in an attempt to avoid an operation on the adductor problem he suffered playing for England…"
Through the high security gates we sped towards the canteen. I met Steven Gerrard in the Canteen and over a cup of tea, he blurted out, "I hope that you haven't been reading all that nonsense about an injury to my groin and injections. If you have it is a load of cr@* and rub$@d!!"
Surprised at this statement I offered Stevie a packet of chewing gum, as that is what the top coach Sir Alex Ferguson eats to keep him fit! I asked point blank, "Steven, if it isn't the groin, what has been going on?"
Steven Gerrard gave me the nod, stood up and I followed him out of the canteen and out onto the training pitch, where there was a large marque. We strolled over and Steven Gerrard said, "I have been undergoing the Magic Roundabout Rehabilitation programme in this tent!"
In we strode and there was the full sized Magic Roundabout erected within the marque. There were the sports scientists there ready to give Steven Gerrard his further treatment.
"C'mon, get on the roundabout!", ordered Stevie and we both climbed on. I noticed that a few more Liverpool players also got on for the ride and the Magic Roundabout was started
The Magic Roundabout started, slowly at first then faster and faster. It became so fast everything became a blurr. I became dizzy and light headed and that is all I can remember!!
I awoke on the couch inside the tent, the Magic Roundabout was stationary and all the footballers had gone. A women dressed like Florence came over and by her side was Dougal the dog. Florence asked me, "Did you enjoy your trip? Steven Gerrard could wait for you to come round as he has other pressing engagements. Steven has asked me to give you this." Florence held out an envelope.
I thanked her and took the envelope and opened it. Inside was a note from Steven Gerrard, it read;
"Take it easy for the next few days mate! You will notice the 'changes' in a few days time!! You will know what I mean when it happens!!!"
I wondered what Steven Gerrard was 'going on' about, it must be one of his 'inside' scouser jokes that only Liverpudlians understand!! It was on my mind still as Florence drove me back to Lime Street Station, to catch the train back to the 'smoke'.
Steven Gerrard's recuperation must be due to this Magic Roundabout rehabilitation, I thought. As Stevie has been playing football again, Florence and Dougal must be giving him lots of 'Magic Roundabout trips'.