Daniel Sturridge has revealed he has concerns that his recent battle with injuries may be hereditary. The 25-year-old has only made three appearances for Liverpool this season, being forced onto the sidelines through thigh and calf muscle complaints.
And like his uncles Dean and Simon, who too had their careers blighted by injuries, Sturridge has experienced a timeline of physical issues since appearing on the scene as a teenager at Manchester City.
"I play my game the best I can but I've been unfortunate this season. Maybe it's my body type, maybe it's hereditary. Both my uncles had injuries and my dad had them as well," said the England forward, speaking to talkSPORT.
"I play my game the best I can but I've been unfortunate this season. Maybe it's my body type, maybe it's hereditary. Both my uncles had injuries and my dad had them as well"
"I am vulnerable to muscle injuries. As long as I continue to work hard, everything will take care of itself."
Striking up a partnership
Sturridge has also expressed his disappointment of not yet having an opportunity to build an on-field relationship with teammate Mario Balotelli, who scored his second goal for Liverpool on Tuesday in a 2-1 Capital One Cup win against Swansea.
"When I get back fit, I'm hoping we can strike up a partnership.
"Last season with Luis (Suarez) we had a great relationship up front and scored a lot of goals.
"Hopefully this season it will be the same."
Sturridge injury problems timeline
2008 - Malleolar injury - seven games missed
2008 - Illness - four games missed
2012 - Hamstring injury - 11 games missed
2013 - Groin strain - three games missed
2013/2014 - Torn ankle ligament - nine games missed
2014 - Thigh muscle strain - six games missed (so far)
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