Roy Hodgson will face the wrath of Liverpool fans once again, following his comments regarding Daniel Sturridge‘s latest injury.
The striker, who’s been fit for the past five months after intense planning and caution from Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool’s medical team, suffered a calf injury with the England side as soon as he was called up – and now faces a race against time to get fit for Euro 2016.
Hodgson says Sturridge has been injured since joining up with the squad – although his last game was the Europa League Final with Liverpool and he finished the match in full health…
“Daniel has a calf strain, he’s had that basically since he joined up with us,” Hodgson told the Mirror.
“I can’t deny that we are talking about a player with a really unfortunate record, but worked very hard to come back.
“It is unfortunate he picked up this calf strain. We’ll look at it tomorrow and assess it and hopefully move on from there. He hasn’t been able to train so far since joining us and if he reports fit, he will hopefully play in the game.
“Yes, he has (mental strength) – otherwise I wouldn’t have picked in first place. When fit and on form, a player of highest calibre.”
Sturridge’s injury is the fifth he’s picked up with England under Hodgson, which similarly beggars belief. We’ve basically given up hope of Hodgson looking after our players properly, based partly on his tenure at the Anfield helm.
Remember, this is a man who gave Alberto Aquilani on loan to Juventus and then spent £5m on their substitute Christian Poulsen.
Let’s just hope Sturridge’s injury isn’t too debilitating.