There are some football careers that we look back on and can’t help but wonder what might have been if not for injuries.
How good could Michael Owen have been, for example, had recurring injuries not affected him from an early age?
In the modern era, the Premier League boasts two players who have the potential to be world beaters but, unfortunately, they are plagued with regular setbacks.
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Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere is one; the other is Daniel Sturridge.
How sad that both are currently injured.
The Arsenal midfielder will miss his club’s forthcoming tour of Scandinavia after picking up a knee injury. He’s begun light training but it will surprise nobody if he endures a spell on the sidelines during the season.
And Sturridge has joined him on the injury table, the Liverpool striker suffering a problem to his hip.
Fortunately for Liverpool supporters, Sturridge’s injury isn’t thought to be serious. Yet it’s still a case of, ‘really, again?!’
The striker is missing the Reds’ pre-season friendly against Barcelona today, giving Divock Origi yet another opportunity to stake a claim as Liverpool’s chief forward.
Having combined to make just 26 league appearances in the past two seasons, injuries have hampered one of the finest strikers England has produced in quite some time.
Fans reacted rather cruelly to the news, simply because they’re not overly surprised.
Sturridge: I'm raring to go
The Reds are harboring dreams of cracking the top four this season, with Sturridge claiming last week that he was itching to get started after a gruelling pre-season.
“I am feeling a lot better. The first games I was so stiff and tense from the first sessions,” he said, per the Mirror. “But today I feel a lot better.
“We did a hard lot of sessions, the manager is pushing us to our limits, and it has been great to able to complete pre-season in full and be raring to go.
“We are showing we are getting fitter with each game, and I felt a lot fitter today than I did in the last one.”