Chelsea may be too soon for Sturridge, says Sturridge

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Liverpool could be missing one of their most influential players for the crucial clash with Chelsea next week, according to his famous uncle.

Former Premier League star Dean Sturridge has claimed his nephew Daniel Sturridge may not recover in time for the match with Jose Mourinho's side at the end of the month. Manchester City's draw with Sunderland on Wednesday night has left Brendan Rodgers' side in the driving seat and a win over Chelsea could well decide where the trophies goes come May.

Sturridge picked up the hamstring injury in the terrific win over Manchester City at Anfield last week, forcing him to be withdrawn midway through the second half of the 3-2 victory. The 24-year-old's partnership with Luis Suarez has been sensational so far this season - they have 49 goals between them, Sturridge with 20 - and he would be a major loss for a game of this stature, so Rodgers will be hoping he can make it, though Dean Sturridge revealed doubts.

"He's definitely out for Norwich, he's borderline for Chelsea. I think he's got a decent chance for the Chelsea game," he was quoted as saying on television this week.

Liverpool are unlikely to be too concerned about the trip to Norwich City as Luis Suarez has a terrific goalscoring record against the Canaries, though they are fighting for their survival and complacency could help hand them a shock. Liverpool will also be without Jordan Henderson for both matches after he was given a straight red card for a reckless challenge on Samir Nasri, which means a three-match ban and takes much of the running out of the Reds midfield.

Sturridge could be in a quandary over his return from injury as the match with Chelsea is so important for their title hopes, yet playing again too soon could make things worse and a bad hamstring injury could possible jeopardise his involvement in the World Cup in Brazil this summer. He looks certain to be in the England starting XI for their opener against Italy in Manaus and missing out would be cruel blow at the end of a season that has seen him finally realise some of his vast potential.

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