‘WHEEL’ OF BAD FORTUNE!

Steven Gerrard can't join his local pals in the promo for 'Spinnin' Wheel'...

Injury has forced LIVERPOOL and ENGLAND footballer STEVEN GERRARD to scupper plans to star in a video by newcomers THE CRESCENT.

Gerrard had been due to join the band in Liverpool today (July 31) on the shoot for their forthcoming single ‘Spinnin’ Wheel’, due for release on September 16. However, he told them late yesterday that injury had forced him to withdraw. He said he thought it a bad idea to appear in a music video while injury was preventing him from playing football.

The star, who grew up with the band on the Bluebell estate in Huyton on the outskirts of Liverpool, will appear in a future video, a spokesperson for The Crescent said. Gerrard, 22, was forced to pull out of England’s recent World Cup campaign because he needed a groin operation.

Ironically, only Crescent singer Wayne Whitfield is a Liverpool fan, with the other three band members, Karl Rowlands, Sean Longworth and Joey Harrison loyal to rivals Everton.

The Crescent’s manager Darren Michaelson told NME.COM last week: “Steven Gerrard wants to be in it because he knows the guys from the Heyton. A rumour just went round the estate that Steven wanted to be in it. It’s a close-knit community – Steven’s a local hero and the band are emerging heroes.”