Liverpool may have to do without leading goal-scorer Daniel Sturridge after the England striker was reported to have left training on crutches, according to the Daily Star.
Sturridge was said to have trained “exceptionally well” at the club’s training ground in Melwood, but left the complex on crutches after reportedly twisting his ankle. The former Chelsea and Manchester City striker was publicly criticized by Reds boss Brendan Rodgers last week after playing the entire 90 minutes in England’s 1-0 loss to Germany, a move which left him struggling for fitness due to a dead leg.
He was subsequently dropped to the bench in favour of Joe Allen for last weekend’s incredible Merseyside derby, coming off the bench instead to claim a point for Rodgers’ side with a glancing header in the dying minutes of the clash.
Sturridge also does have previous history with ankle ligament damage- which coincidentally involved England once again. Liverpool’s no.9 sustained a similar injury while on international duty in May, and back then it took him three months of rehabilitation to get himself back to full fitness.
Reds’ fans will however have to wait until later this weekend to know the results of an ankle scan, which will give some insight as to the extent of the damage.
As if this was not bad enough for manager Brendan Rodgers, he may also have to start tomorrow’s game against Hull without Sturridge's strike partner Luis Suarez, who was also flagged as a doubt with a “heavy knock”.
Centre-back Martin Skrtel also required medical attention on Friday after suffering a gash to his shin, but both players have been included in Sunday’s match-day squad and may face late fitness tests. Sturridge however will definitely not feature at the KC Stadium.
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