Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge could be out of action for around five months after undergoing hip surgery in New York yesterday.
As reported by the Independent, the Reds ace, who has endured a torrid campaign at Anfield, is now set to miss the beginning of next season, as he goes in search of finding his fitness.
Ultimately, in contrast to the last campaign, this one has been one to forget for the England international, who has only found the back of the net on four occasions in the Premier League in 2014/15.
In fact, the same report go on to reveal that the forward won't even return to training for four months, with it seemingly likely that he will return to first-team action before the end of October.
Despite his troubles, though, the club's medical team have deemed the surgery as successful, with it expecting to benefit him on the injury scene for the long term.
Sturridge, too, revealed that the operation was a success as he took to social media last night by tweeting: "Thank you Jesus. Hip operation was successful. Road to recovery starts today!!"
There's no doubt about it, Reds fans will be hoping that the striker returns better than ever after this season's disappointment. Without the forward this term, Brendan Rodgers' side have failed to really hit the ground running in the attacking department, so could do with Sturridge's influence next term.
For now, though, the club will be determined to gain maximum points in their remaining three fixtures as they go in search of qualifying for next year's Champions League.
Ultimately for Reds boss Rodgers, it's crucial he adds to his attack in the upcoming window. At the end of the day, as well as having difficulties with Sturridge, his summer signings from 2014 didn't particularly go to plan.
Mario Balotelli has failed to prove his credentials throughout the course of the campaign, while Rickie Lambert has struggled to find any kind of form, often being placed on the bench.
Rodgers certainly won't want to enter next season solely relying on Sturridge, so it's crucial he delivers in the next window. If the club fail to secure Champions League football for next season, then it may well prove difficult for them to attract a top name, but they certainly need to find a proven goalscorer sooner rather than later.
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