Daniel Sturridge won’t, as was originally hoped, be fit to feature against Manchester United on September 12 – with the Daily Mirror today confirming that his comeback from injury has been further delayed.
Sturridge, who has been back at Melwood since last week, won’t begin training with the rest of his teammates until the end of this week at the earliest – and that won’t leave him with enough preparation time to be ready for next Saturday’s match at Old Trafford.
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As the Mirror state, the England international has spent the last month stepping up his rehabilitation following the hip surgery which has ruled him out since April – and even posted a multitude of fitness videos on his social media accounts in an attempt to prove his progress.
Sadly though, it seems that he’s not quite ready yet, and the report suggests that a more realistic return date would be in early November – as was originally predicted at the time of the surgery.
The 26-year-old’s strong progress thus far had raised hopes that he might be back before then but Brendan Rodgers is unlikely to rush back his star man – despite our growing need for fresh inspiration up front.
The Reds have scored just twice in our first four Premier League games, while star playmaker Philippe Coutinho is already set to miss the United game through suspension, meaning that we’re going to be left well short up front.
Liverpool also have concerns over Christian Benteke, who picked up a slight injury against West Ham last time out.