Sturridge set to return for Liverpool despite England absence

Daniel Sturridge is expected to be fit to turn out for Liverpool against Swansea in the Premier League on Monday evening despite pulling out of the England squad to face Moldova and Ukraine, the Daily Telegraph has reported.

Sturridge played through the pain of a thigh injury in the Reds’ last match before the international break, scoring the only goal of the game against Manchester United, but was then unable to turn out for Roy Hodgson’s Three Lions after revealing he was playing at only 75% during Liverpool’s win over United.

The former Chelsea forward remained in England for treatment on the injury and after almost two weeks of rest and rehabilitation, is likely to be available for Brendan Rodgers as the manager returns to his former club.

Sturridge did join up with England and was assessed by the national team’s medical staff, who concluded the injury was such that he would not recover in time to appear in the World Cup qualifiers. The Telegraph says however questions will be asked as to why Sturridge is able to play for his club but not his country, but Liverpool will argue the break was such that Sturridge’s thigh problem was able to heal to an acceptable degree.

Liverpool have not yet made a decision on Sturridge’s fitness but the continued absence of Luis Suarez, who has two games remaining in his 10-game ban, and Sturridge’s prolific form to start the campaign combine to make Rodgers eager to have the player available. Sturridge has netted in every club game he has played this season, scoring winning goals in all three of Liverpool’s 1-0 league wins and finding the target twice as Liverpool beat Notts County in the Capital One Cup.

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