Striker’s injury might not be as bad as first feared…
Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge may have to play through the pain barrier against Arsenal at the weekend despite a hip injury.
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It was claimed last week by Roy Hodgson, according to Sky Sports, that Sturridge could be out for around a month with a muscle tear he picked up against Manchester United, but reports last night said the club held a more optimistic view of his prognosis.
There were even suggestions in the Daily Express that Sturridge could feature at the Emirates, with Liverpool’s medical department believing he will be able to play if he can withstand the discomfort.
His involvement could clearly be crucial to our fortunes on Saturday and could be the difference between Champions or Europa League football in 2015/16.
Considering Gerrard and Skrtel are already missing through suspension we’ll need all the firepower we can going forward to ensure any gaps exposed at the back aren’t too keenly felt.
But whilst our involvement in the top tier of European football is clearly important, is it so crucial as to put the fitness of Sturridge at risk?
Granted the club feel he’s fit enough to play against Arsenal but what happens if he breaks down, what about the remaining seven games he could have had some contribution towards?
So should Sturridge start or should the club ensure he is fully fit before involving him again in the first team?