Daniel Sturridge has broken down in training again and Jordan Henderson is also a doubt for the weekend…
Liverpool have been left reeling after star striker Daniel Sturridge suffered a further injury setback on Tuesday.
The former Chelsea and Manchester City man limped out of training with what looked like a recurrence of the thigh injury sustained on international duty at the beginning of September.
Sturridge hasn’t featured for the Reds since the 3-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur on August 31 and an initial attempt at a comeback last month was thwarted by a calf strain.
With the club struggling for goals and results, the return of a player who netted 24 times last season had been seen as the catalyst for an upturn in fortunes.
The severity of Sturridge’s latest problem is not yet known but initial reports suggest it could be a lengthy layoff of around six weeks.
A statement on the official website simply read: “Liverpool Football Club today confirmed scans have revealed Daniel Sturridge has sustained a new thigh injury.
“The player will remain unavailable for selection but will be monitored and assessed during his recovery.”
He therefore looks certain to miss Sunday’s trip to Crystal Palace which in turn places extra significance on Mario Balotelli overcoming a hamstring injury he sustained while with Italy last week.
The 24-year-old was forced to return to Merseyside rather than figuring in the Azzurri’s games with Croatia and Albania.
His prospects of playing at Selhurst Park apparently look good and there is also hope that Jordan Henderson will be available for selection too.
The midfielder was left out of England’s game with Scotland last night after reporting a hamstring problem of his own.
“Jordan has a slight hamstring problem,” revealed Three Lions boss Roy Hodgson after his side’s 3-1 win at Celtic Park.
“It’s very minor. He wanted to play but I didn’t want to take the risk.”
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