Striker under orders not to rush back from injury.
Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge is under direct orders to not rush his recovery from injury despite his desperation to help the side get their season back on track, The Sun reports.
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The Birmingham-born ace made his first start in over five months when the Reds overcame Spurs on Tuesday night, though he was brought off with just over quarter of an hour remaining.
He played his part in two of the side’s goals, but club medics wanted him off as a precaution.
Sturridge was unhappy with the decision, but assistant manager Colin Pascoe explained that the team’s medical staff have ordered bosses to keep a vigilant eye on his progress to ensure that he doesn’t strain himself as he continues his recovery.
“Daniel is desperate to play, and didn’t want to come off against Spurs. He kept saying to us, ‘Don’t take me off.’” Pascoe said.
“But we knew 60-75 minutes was the maximum we were going to push him. Anything more than that and you are overstepping it and he could pull a muscle.
“The way Daniel is, it’s a case of progression. We can’t push him too much at the moment, so we will continue to monitor him, see how he is, how he’s training and how he is feeling.
“He is feeling well and we will have to talk to the sports science as well. We don’t want to push him, we don’t want to break him.
“He is not far off 90 minutes now, but after the last five months and the things that have gone on, we just have to be careful at the moment.”