Daniel Sturridge’s injury problems at Anfield show no signs of ending, with Brendan Rodgers admitting that he doesn’t know whether the England forward will feature again this season.
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The former Chelsea and Manchester City striker has been out of action since April 8 when he played in the Reds’ FA Cup triumph over Blackburn Rovers.
Subsequently, thigh and hip injuries have kept him out of the side, as Liverpool have stuttered in their bid to return to the Champions League.
“We’ll see if he’s going to be back this season or pre-season,” began Rodgers, speaking to the BBC.
“It’s been difficult for Daniel,” he continued, “he’s a good lad who wants to play and be working and helping the team.”
After impressing in tandem with Luis Suarez last season—helping the Merseysiders mount a title challenge—Sturridge has been limited to seven Premier League starts this term, managing only four goals.
“It’s just been one of those seasons for him where it has been very unfortunate,” Rodgers continued.
“We are going to have to monitor that day by day and see where he’s at.
“When he’s been fit he’s been brilliant for the team,” the coach concluded, “we need to get him back fit and consistently playing.”
The news comes as a major blow to Liverpool’s hopes of returning to the Champions League next season.
The 18-time English champions could have closed the gap on Manchester United this weekend—with the Red Devils losing to Everton—but could only manage a draw against West Bromwich Albion.
They have five matches left to close the seven-point gap on their fierce fivals.