Impact for West Ham, Everton, as 21-goal Liverpool forward ruled out for three weeks

Daniel Sturridge is expected to be out of action for three weeks.

Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge suffered another injury on international duty, and it appears he will miss a number of their upcoming games.

As the club head into a busy period, the Liverpool Echo's report that Sturridge could miss three weeks of action is an unwelcome blow.

The club's opening two Champions League games against Ludogorets and Basle are games he could miss, along with the Capital One Cup tie with Middlesbrough, which there was a good chance he would have been rested for in any case.

In the Premier League, there will be a number of teams looking on with relief that a striker who scored 21 goals last season will not be in action.

As expected, Sturridge misses the contest with Aston Villa at Anfield this weekend, while West Ham will certainly feel a bit more positive about their chances of facing Liverpool in a week's time.

Then there is the big one. The Merseyside Derby with Everton on September 27, Sturridge will be touch and go for, but at present it is safest to say the striker is not expected to make the game.

It puts early pressure on Mario Balotelli and Rickie Lambert to step up, but the increased responsibility could be just what they need to get their Anfield careers off to a good start.

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