Sturridge has suffered a fresh blow
Striker Daniel Sturridge has suffered a fresh blow in his attempts to recover from a hip injury that he suffered a few weeks ago. He was forced to miss the England Euro 2016 qualifying matches due to this injury.
However, Liverpool were expecting him a few weeks before the end of April. This has been a very frustrating season for the 25-year-old, who has featured in only 14 matches until now. He has not played for the club since featuring for almost 90 minutes against Blackburn in the 1-0 win. After being knocked out of the FA Cup by Aston Villa, Liverpool only have the league to concentrate.
They are at a huge disadvantage – compared to Manchester City – in the top four race. Manager Brendan Rodgers confirmed that the England international will not be part of the squad for the upcoming match against West Brom. Liverpool only have six games left in the campaign and they trail City by seven points. However, Manuel Pellegrini’s men have played one game more and Liverpool can reduce this advantage to 4 points with a win over West Brom. In the absence of Sturridge, Rodgers has had to constantly rotate between his ineffectual strikers – Mario Balotelli and Ricki Lambert.
"We're unsure at this moment. He's certainly not available for the weekend," said the Liverpool manager about Sturridge’s availability this weekend."Lallana has come back into training in the last few days.We'll see how he is for the weekend, but none of the others will be fit, I would have thought.Jon Flanagan is now training with the team. Obviously he's a way off fitness, but we just need to monitor his rehabilitation and we'll see how he is for the coming games,” continued the Liverpool boss about the club’s current injury situation ahead of the trip to face West Brom.