Fresh reports claim Daniel Sturridge is unlikely to feature on Sunday

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It’s not looking good for our injury plagued centre-forward…

We reported on Thursday that Liverpool were remaining cautiously hopeful over the fitness of star striker Daniel Sturridge, ahead of Sunday’s FA Cup semi-final against Aston Villa at Wembley.

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However, it now looks as if Brendan Rodgers is going to have to make do without the 25-year-old hit-man, who has failed to make the quick recovery that both he and all of the Liverpool fans were surely hoping for.

According to the Daily Mirror, Sturridge is still struggling with the hip problem that kept him out of England’s games with Lithuania and Italy at the end of last month, as well our clash with Newcastle United on Monday.

Despite Rodgers urging his man to play through the pain barrier (also via the Mirror), it’s unlikely the Northern Irishman will keep up his demands, especially as the forward hasn’t trained so far this week.

Liverpool’s medical staff have reportedly been hard at work in an attempt to help speed up his recovery but their efforts look to have fallen short, with Raheem Sterling instead likely to play in the central striking role.

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