Liverpool have been rocked by the news that Daniel Sturridge has been hit by a new injury setback.
As reported by the BBC, the England international will undergo a scan today on a problem picked up during Liverpool training on Tuesday. Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers will then find out the extent of the setback, and provide an estimate on his expected return.
The 25-year-old forward has been hit by several injuries already this season, including a thigh strain and a calf complaint. It's unclear whether this fresh injury is related to his previous problems.
Rodgers initially seemed to blame England training staff for mishandling Sturridge during an international break after the Liverpool star returned to Melwood training ground nursing a thigh injury in September.
As he worked his way back to full fitness he was then hit by a calf problem suffered in October, which has kept him out of the team since.
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Liverpool, who signed Mario Balotelli over the summer to partly offset the loss of Luis Suarez, have struggled massively in Sturridge's absence.
Positioned 11th in the Premier League table, Liverpool are facing an uphill battle to qualify for the Champions League again. Sturridge, who scored 25 times last season, has only played three times in the Premier League so far.
Without him in the starting lineup, Liverpool have been forced to rely on the misfiring Balotelli and Rickie Lambert, signed from Southampton for £4m.
Fabio Borini has also been available to Rodgers since returning from a loan spell at Sunderland, but the Italian forward is not in favour at Anfield.
Liverpool are back in action this weekend as they travel to Crystal Palace on Sunday afternoon. The Reds have lost their last three games, at Newcastle and Real Madrid and at home to Chelsea.