Liverpool star fighting for fitness ahead of crunch Palace clash

Daniel Sturridge has not fully recovered from the hamstring injury that he suffered last month.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has revealed that Daniel Sturridge is not yet fully fit, as he prepares his team for their crucial Premier League clash against Crystal Palace on Monday.

The England international picked up a hamstring injury during the Reds’ 3-2 victory over Manchester City at Anfield last month.

It was not a serious problem, but it did rule the 24-year-old striker out of the Merseyside outfit’s 3-2 win against Norwich City at Carrow Road. The former City player did return to action against his old club Chelsea last Sunday, but for the final 30 or so minutes he was on the pitch, he could not prevent Brendan Rodgers’ team from going down 2-0 to the Blues.

However, it has now been revealed that Sturridge has still not entirely recovered from the injury. The forward will continue to work on his rehabilitation and will be assessed on Monday to determine if he can make the squad for Liverpool’s match against Palace at Selhurst Park.

‘We'll see over the next 48 hours’, manager Rodgers told reporters on Friday. ‘He hadn't trained since he got injured in the [Manchester City game], so it was a bit much [against Chelsea]. He had worked really hard to get back and we needed something on the bench that could support us and help us in the game but unfortunately, it wasn't to be.

‘But he's certainly in a much better place. He's worked tirelessly this week with the medical team. He re-joins the group and we'll see how he is come Monday’.

Sturridge has been one of the best players for Liverpool this season, having scored 20 goals and provided seven assists in 27 Premier League appearances. If the England star fails to recover by Monday, then it will be a big blow for the Reds.

The former European champions are currently two points clear at the top of the Premier League table, but they could be starting their match on Monday in third if Manchester City and Chelsea both pick up maximum points from their respective games over the weekend.

Palace are comfortably perched on 11th spot in the league table and are determined to finish in the top half. Although Tony Pulis’ side went down 2-0 at home to City last weekend, prior to that game they were on a five-match running run, during which they had got the better of Chelsea and Everton.

Liverpool need Sturridge to be at least on the bench for the Palace contest, or else they could suffer.

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