Liverpool boosted as Sturridge nears return

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Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge could be in line to play against Swansea on Monday after missing England's international ties, reports the Independent.

Sturridge had to pull out of England's World Cup qualifiers against Moldova and Ukraine after sustaining a thigh injury in the match against Manchester United a fortnight ago.

The 24-year-old has been in rehabilitation at Liverpool's Melwood training ground since the United game and is expected to take part in full training on Saturday, before travelling with the team to south Wales on Monday.

There is now hope within the club that he will be fit to start the game against Michael Laudrup's men. 

Sturridge has been essential to Liverpool's 100% Premier League record this season, having scored all of their three goals so far. Since joining from Chelsea in January, the England international has scored 16 goals in 20 matches.

Rodger's will reportedly make a decision on whether Sturridge will play as late as Sunday after assessing his performances in training.

The news of a potential return for Sturridge comes is the second injury boost for the Anfield faithful after Glen Johnson announced his injury isn't as bad as first feared.

Johnson limped off against United with an ankle injury and original estimates suggested he could be out for up to four months.

However, it is now thought to not be as bad as the right-back tweeted: "Injury doesn't seem as bad as first thought, hopefully be back sooner than originally expected! £BetterNews."

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