The Reds hitman blames genes for injury-proneness.
Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge, who is on the verge of returning from a niggling calf injury, has blamed his ongoing fitness problems on his Caribbean heritage.
The English-born player is of Jamaican descent, and the Guardian quote him as telling talkSPORT that he believes that his genetic make-up has played a significant role in his injury issues.
“I play my game as best I can, but I’ve been unfortunate this season. Maybe It’s my body type, maybe it’s hereditary. Both my uncles had injuries, and my dad had them as well. Maybe it’s the Caribbean vibes, maybe I have the speed but maybe it makes you more vulnerable because of the fast twitch muscles and the speed in which you’re moving.”
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Liverpool are suffering without their frontman, and his replacement, Mario Balotelli, has struggled since coming into the side. Sturridge’s huge importance to the team is only coming to light in his absence. The movement and speed he provides up front are in stark contrast to the static Balotelli, who has scored twice since his arrival in the summer.
Reds boss Brendan Rodgers is hoping to have his star striker fit for the game against Chelsea on the 8th of November, but will not want to risk exacerbating the problems that his talisman has suffered this year. The 25-year-old certainly won’t be fit in time for Liverpool’s crucial Champions League tie against Real Madrid on Tuesday night.
In the long term, Liverpool will be hoping that Sturridge’s injury problems are just bad luck rather than any hereditary, as the striker fears. The theory that injury-proneness can be caused by “Caribbean vibes” will have plenty of people asking whether Michael Owen has any West-Indian heritage we weren’t aware of.
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