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Sturridge’ injury concerns are behind him says Rodgers



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Daniel Sturridge returned to Liverpool earlier this week, following an intensive rehabilitation period in the United States of America.

Sturridge has been out for most part of this season after sustaining a thigh injury. Brendan Rodgers confirmed that the striker is back in the country and will be joining his teammates in training later today.

“Daniel will be back with us at Melwood on Friday,” Rodgers said

Rodgers also stated that every measure has been taken to ensure that the player can recover long term and that the specialists can address the root of the problem.

“We had an extensive look at it for Daniel’s benefit,” Rodgers added.

“What he had done in his career up until now – when you look at the injuries he’s had – just hasn’t worked. That’s the reality of it.

“If you have nine injuries on one thigh alone and a number of other issues then there is a procedure you need to look at.

“It’s been about doing everything you possibly can to get as much as you can out of the player.

“That has involved bringing in other reviews, going to see specialists in the field and going to other parts of the world.

“We have taken every measure we possibly can to see if we can get him to be consistently fit. We’ve tried to look after the medium and long term here.

“He has gone out to America and done a lot of great work and they have got him three quarters of the way there. We’ve had video links and been monitoring the situation.

“Now he will come back into here, finish that off and hopefully it will be like having a new player for the rest of the season.”

Further, Sturridge seems set to return against his former club, when Liverpool take on Chelsea in the Capital One Cup semi finals later this month. However, Rodgers confirmed that the striker will be eased into the group.

“He’s not ready to start full training straightaway but he’s not far off.

“Now it’s just a case of finalising this last period of his rehab.

“There is no comeback game in mind at this stage. We will just see how he adapts when he’s back here.

“Daniel is a key player for us. You put him into any team and it makes them better.

“His pace is frightening, his touch, his movement, and he’s also improved the defensive part of his game in order to press the ball.

“If he can just sustain that fitness, he’s shown what he can do. We’re hoping that he can stay fit and lead the charge for us over the next few years.”

Sturridge’s return will be a boost for Liverpool as the Reds look to secure a top four spot after a poor start to the season. Returning Sturridge will also address the goalscoring issues that have hurt Brendan Rodgers’ side dearly this season.