Chelsea concern over Sturridge fitness

Chelsea striker Daniel Sturridge suffered what was described by caretaker England manager Stuart Pearce as a “blow on the toe” during the Three Lions’ 3-2 defeat by the Netherlands, the Daily Telegraph reports. There are also fears Sturridge fractured his toe against the Dutch on Wednesday night.

Sturridge has scored 11 goals in 29 appearances for Chelsea this season, leaving him as the club’s second-highest scorer in all competitions, behind only Frank Lampard who has netted 12 times. The former Manchester City forward was making his second international appearance after debuting as a second-half substitute against Sweden, having replaced Steven Gerrard on in the first-half on Wednesday.

According to the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society, a broken toe can take between six to eight weeks to heal, meaning Sturridge would miss a large portion of Chelsea’s remaining fixtures between now and the end of the season. Chelsea face West Bromwich Albion in the Premier League on Saturday, Birmingham City in an FA Cup replay next Tuesday, and host Napoli in the second-leg of their Champions League match on March 14.

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