Rodgers: Sturridge could be out for the season

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers revealed striker Daniel Sturridge could be missing for the rest of the season, as the England international continues to struggle with injury problems surrounding his hips and thighs, reports BBC Sport.

The 25-year-old has played just 752 minutes of Premier League football this season, but has impressively still scored four goals and made two assists. He’s been unable to shake off his injury woes all through the campaign, however, which has meant Rodgers cannot risk him in games even if he thinks he’s close to making a recovery.

The former Chelsea and Manchester City man has endured setbacks in his rehabilitation, and has missed the majority of the campaign as a result. Rodgers losing Luis Suarez to Barcelona, and Daniel Sturridge to injuries will have been his worth fear last summer, and it’s been realised now.

Sturridge was outstanding in the Reds’ near title challenge last season, and they have greatly missed his influence in attack this time round. Liverpool still have a slim hope of finishing in a Champions League spot if they can end the season strongly, while hoping Manchester United slip up again in their remaining games, but Rodgers admitted Sturridge is unlikely to play a part for the Merseysiders.

“We’ll see if he’s going to be back this season or pre-season. It has been difficult for Daniel. He’s a good lad who wants to play and be working and helping the team. It’s just been one of those seasons for him where it has been very unfortunate. We are going to have to monitor that day by day and see where he’s at. When he’s been fit he’s been brilliant for the team. We need to get him back fit and consistently playing,” he said.

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