Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge will be out of action for a month, after tearing a muscle following the Reds’ defeat to Manchester United last weekend, reports Sky Sports.
The England international has missed the majority of the campaign through injury, and could now be sidelined for another month with the muscle tear. He was due to play for the Three Lions in their Euro 2016 qualifier against Lithuania and their friendly to come against Italy, but has been ruled out by manager Roy Hodgson, who himself was surprised to see the extent of his injury, as both parties felt he would be able to play.
Sturridge’s fresh setback now means he will miss crucial games for Liverpool, including their FA Cup quarter-final replay against Championship side Blackburn, and the semi-finals if they win against Rovers. He will be absent for Liverpool’s Premier League clash against Arsenal, which could see the Reds’ Champions League aspirations either shattered are back on track.
England manager Roy Hodgson revealed how devastated the striker has been following the news. All season, he’s struggled with one problem or another, and was looking forward to putting the past injury issues behind him to end the season strongly.
“I’m disappointed for Daniel because he didn’t really feel that it was any problem. When he did the scan he was devastated as he didn’t want to leave. He has a slight tear and you can’t play through that,” said the Three Lions boss.
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