Daniel Sturridge is set to miss Liverpool’s FA Cup semi-final clash against Aston Villa this Sunday, the Mirror reports.
It has been a frustrating season for the Liverpool striker who has missed most of the season - and all of the Reds unsuccessful Champions League campaign.
The England international helped propel Liverpool up the league and even mount a title charge that went down to the last day of the season in 2014.
Sturridge scored 21 goals in the league last year whilst partnering with Luis Suarez before his £75 million move to Barcelona.
Brendan Rodgers was hoping the striker would return from the hip injury sooner after intensive treatment from the Liverpool medical team, however he has been absent from training in the past few days and will more than likely miss the semi-final.
Mario Balotelli, who has struggled so far in his second Premier League stint, has returned to full training after missing three games with illness and injury.
Defender Mamadou Sakho will miss the game while Adam Lallana faces a late fitness test.
Aston Villa have injury problems of their own after having ten players sidelined for the last match, although six of these players are expected to return for this Sunday’s tie.
Tim Sherwood’s main priority will be keeping Aston Villa out of the Premier League drop zone this season, but that will not stop him and his team from causing another upset after beating his former employers Tottenham last week .
Rodgers will be desperate to win the FA Cup this season to avoid joining ex-Reds boss Roy Hodgson in failing to win trophy in his first three seasons.