Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge is close to returning from his lengthy injury lay-off, according to reports.
The forward has landed back in the country after a months rehabilitation out in the USA and could make his return on sunday when Liverpool face Sunderland at the Stadium of Light.
Rodgers isn't willing to rush the forward back, however, and states that they will thoroughly assess Sturridge before bringing him back into the side to avoid another injury setback.
Sturridge has managed 36 goals in 52 appearances and his injury has added to the problems faced through the sale of Luis Suarez to Barcelona.
The England international has made just three Premier League appearances this season hasn't played for Liverpool since the end of august due to calf and thigh problems.
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Boost for Liverpool
Sturridge's imminent return could serve as a vital boost to Rodgers' side who have had a disappointing season so far.
Rodgers side currently sit in eighth position and are seven points adrift of the Champions League spots.
The striker's stand-ins haven't been up to the task and all three of Fabio Borini, Mario Balotelli and Rickie Lambert have been linked with a move away from Anfield despite the latter two only joining in the summer.
If fit, Sturridge will make his Anfield return a week on Tuesday against former club Chelsea in the first leg of the Capital One Cup semi-final before possibly facing another of his former clubs the following weekend with Championship side Bolton's visit in the cup.
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