Liverpool Handed Major Fitness Boost As Star Makes Successful Training Return
Liverpool have been handed an injury boost as Daniel Sturridge came through unscathed after returning to full training today, according to the Liverpool Echo.
Liverpool have been handed a major injury boost as Daniel Sturridge came through unscathed after returning to full training today, according to the Liverpool Echo.
Sturridge has not featured for the Reds since suffering a knee injury against Newcastle United on December 6 and has seen his attempts to make several comebacks dashed by setbacks in recent weeks.
However, the 26-year-old was given the green light to resume full first team training at Melwood on Wednesday and the Liverpool Echo report that the striker came through unscathed after taking part in a full session.
Sturridge trained along with all available players who didn’t start during last night’s disappointing 2-0 defeat at Leicester City, with those who did start taking part in a ‘recovery’ session.
The news will come as a timely boost to Liverpool as they’ve sorely missed Sturridge this season with Christian Benteke struggling to adjust to Jurgen Klopp’s style of play and with Divock Origi also enduring his own injury problems, Roberto Firmino has been deployed as a ‘false 9’ up front.
To have Sturridge available during the second half of the season would be a significant addition for the Merseysiders, however, the Echo claim he’s not expected to be considered for Saturday’s game with Sunderland or next Tuesday’s FA Cup replay at West Ham.
Klopp insists that the striker needs to come through several full training sessions without issue before he’ll be considered for the first team squad, so it look like Sturridge may have to wait for the trip to Aston Villa on February 14th to make his long-awaited comeback – IF he’s able to train freely over the next 10 days.
There is further positive news for Liverpool as Philippe Coutinho and Divock Origi are expected to resume full training on Thursday while Martin Skrtel is also expected back early next week, so Klopp’s injury woes look to be finally easing.