The Daily Mirror has offered up a possible explanation for the thigh injury Daniel Sturridge suffered while on England duty during the international break.
Sturridge picked up a problem, which is likely to keep him out of action for the next three weeks meaning he misses important Premier League games against Aston Villa, West Ham and Everton as well as the start of the club’s Champions League campaign.
The Mirror suggests that the problem developed because Sturridge wasn’t given the same sort of recovery schedule following the friendly against Norway that he would have received at Melwood.
“Striker doesn’t train hard 48 hours after club games but was put through a testing Three Lions session last Friday and suffered thigh damage that means three weeks out,” reads the into to the Mirror’s story.
“The 48 hours after the game is critical for recovery. Here, we look at the individual player. Daniel is fast, he’s dynamic and his recovery is individualised – so to pick up the injury when he did was disappointing,” said Brendan Rodgers.
Fortunately for Liverpool, Rodgers was able to sign good attacking players over the course of the summer which allows the Reds to cope without their key figure up front.
Sturridge is an important asset for Liverpool this season following the sale of Luis Suarez but there are options up front which allow the side to cope in his absence.
Mario Balotelli is now likely to enjoy an extended run as the figurehead of this Liverpool attack and he’s well surrounded by players who can create chances for him on a regular basis.
Raheem Sterling has also shown that he can play further forward and centrally should Rodgers opt for a two man attack at any point until Sturridge is fit and available to return.
Sturridge will now be well cared for and taken care of by Liverpool’s medical staff as he fights to get back in time for important games next month including the home Champions League clash against Real Madrid.
Liverpool are lucky the injury hasn’t turned out to be more severe as they have become classic victims of the international break.