Daniel Sturridge Injury Update: Striker Won’t Return For ‘Several Weeks’
Daniel Sturridge will remain in the US over Christmas to continue his injury rehabilitation but isn’t expected to be back playing again for several weeks
Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge will remain in the United States over Christmas to continue his injury rehabilitation and isn’t expected to be back playing again for several weeks, according to the BBC.
Sturridge has only made three appearances so for this season and hasn’t featured for the Reds since their 3-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane back in late August after initially picking up a thigh injury while away with the England squad.
The 25-year-old then picked up a calf injury which ruled him out for a further month before suffering a recurrence of the thigh problem in training in November and has been on the sidelines ever since.
The striker has spent the last two weeks in Los Angeles working his way back to fitness and now he’ll now spend Christmas in Boston to link-up with the medical team at the Boston Red Sox Baseball team – who are also own by Liverpool owner John W Henry.
Liverpool’s head of conditioning Glen Driscoll will accompany the player to Boston and it’s understood the Merseysiders believe the Red Sox have specialists who will help Sturridge get rid of his niggling injury problems.
Brendan Rodgers has already said the club need to find a way to keep Sturridge fit on a consistent basis, so no doubt he’ll be hoping the strikers trip to Boston will clear things up once and for all.
However, the Northern Irishman is going to have to make-do without his star forward for the entire festive period and the BBC claim Sturridge isn’t expected to return to action for ‘several weeks’ yet.
I’m sure Liverpool will be desperate to get the former Chelsea man back on the pitch as soon as possible but will be weary of rushing him back too soon and causing another set-back, so the long-term fitness of the player has to be the priority.
Liverpool have certainly struggled without Sturridge as they’ve scored just 19 goals in 16 Premier League games and head into Sunday’s crunch clash with Arsenal sitting way down in 11th place in the table.
Mario Balotelli and Rickie Lambert have both struggled to deputise up front, with the former yet to register a single league goal this season, but the good news is that Rodgers may finally have found a new front-man with Raheem Sterling showing he’s got what it takes to be a central striker after scoring a brace against Bournemouth last night to book their place in the semi finals of the Capital One Cup.
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