It's good news all around for Steven Gerrard, Liverpool, and the English national team as the player has been ruled fully fit following an injury scare on Sunday and is now set to make his 100th international appearance.
Following an injury scare against Chelsea on Sunday, with manager Brendan Rodgers saying Gerrard had opened up his medial ligament following the match, there were doubts that about the Liverpool captain being able to remain in the England squad for Wednesday's friendly against Sweden. Given his injury record, concern over his availability for Liverpool with Wigan visiting in league action on the weekend might even have been reasonable.
Luckily for all involved, late on Monday it was learned that Gerrard had done no significant damage to his knee as the scans came back negative, meaning he has now been cleared to join up with the English national team ahead of their friendly in Stockholm for a match that will mark his 100th cap at the international level.
"Steven Gerrard has been cleared to travel with the England squad to Sweden having undergone a precautionary scan on Monday afternoon," read a press release from by the Football Association. "The England captain reported to the team hotel following Liverpool's 1-1 draw with Chelsea, and having received positive news is set to win his 100th cap against Sweden on Wednesday evening in Stockholm."
No matter where one falls on the club versus country debate, one hundred games for the national side can only be seen as a major milestone that speaks to Gerrard's quality. In fact, by playing on Wednesday, Gerrard will go down as just the sixth England player to register 100 caps, joining Billy Wright, Bobby Moore, Bobby Charlton, Peter Shilton, and, most recently, David Beckham.
Still, despite the exclusive group he's set to join, most Liverpool fans might just be inclined to wait until the game ends with Gerrard unscathed before committing to any kind of positive feelings and congratulatory sentiment in relation to his impending English century.