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Daniel Sturridge’s Liverpool Injury Woes Not My Fault Says Roy Hodgson

Striker was said to have picked up long-term injury whilst on international duty.

Roy Hodgson has refuted Brendan Rodgers’s claim that he is to blame for Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge’s injury plagued season.

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Sturridge was on the scoresheet yesterday against Crystal Palace and scored on his return from a five month injury layoff against West Ham a few weeks ago.

Rodgers says England staff refused to follow medical guidance from Liverpool over how to manage Sturridge’s injuries when the forward initially tore a thigh muscle in September.

Hodgson, however, says he has no desire to be held responsible for the former Chelsea and Man City man’s recent troubles.

“It was unfortunate that Daniel got injured as he did. But he’s had a few injuries since then and I don’t think they were down to us.

“Are the three muscle injuries he has picked up this season all down to England? I don’t think so,” said Hodgson, reports Daily Mirror.

“Daniel has had a period of time where he has been plagued by injuries, so I am pleased he’s fit again and back playing.

“But I didn’t know Daniel needed a special programme. If he does, we will take it into account. I wasn’t aware that he had a special programme. If we are told that he does then we will take that into consideration.”

However, Hodgson has said he will now listen to Rodgers if he has concerns over his star striker’s treatment.

Sturridge is expected to be back in the England squad for their Euro 2016 qualifier against Lithuania next month, a thought that will certainly have Liverpool sweating.

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