Sterling facing fitness race ahead of Liverpool Besiktas tie

Raheem Sterling is running out of time in his bid to be fit for Liverpool’s crunch Europa League clash with Besiktas, the Daily Mail is reporting.

The England winger has missed two games already with a foot injury he picked up during the Reds’ dramatic FA Cup win over Bolton a fortnight ago – having struggled to cope with the knock during the Merseyside derby.

Rodgers will be sweating on his player’s fitness right up to Thursday’s game but there are hopes that even if he misses the first leg he will be fit for their vital game against Southampton on Sunday.

Liverpool still have a chance of FA Cup and Europa League glory as well as qualifying for the Champions League and know a win against fourth placed Southampton will move them within a point of their opponents.

Rodger’s squad depth is set to be tested with Lazar Markovic banned for four European games thanks to his sending off against Basel earlier in the season – adding even more emphasis on the return of Sterling.

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