Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge expected to miss clashes against Manchester United and Arsenal

The Liverpool forward hasn't played for the club since the end of August having sustained thigh and calf injuries in training.

Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge has been ruled out for six weeks after suffering a fresh injury setback on his recovery.

The 25-year-old hasn't played for the Reds since the end of August in a 3-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur, but in the international break that followed, he suffered a thigh injury in training after playing a friendly against Norway, which began a series of injuries.

A statement on the Liverpool website, read: "Liverpool Football Club today confirmed scans have revealed Daniel Sturridge has sustained a new thigh injury.

"The player will remain unavailable for selection but will be monitored and assessed during his recovery."

Sturridge was initially expected to return to action for the trip to Loftus Road to take on Queens Park Rangers last month before a calf strain ruled him out for another four weeks, with the latest injury setback expected to keep him out until the New Year.

The timescale was reported by the Liverpool Echo which would rule him out of crucial clashes against Manchester United and Arsenal in the Premier League, as well as the crucial Champions League group games against Ludogorets and Basel, where the Reds face an uphill task to qualify. In total, the forward could miss at least 25 of the Reds' fixtures this season and not play in the Champions League at all if the side fails to qualify for the knockout stages.

If this recovery goes smoothly, then Sturridge could be available for the FA Cup third round fixtures at the start of January, or the trip to Sunderland in the Premier League on January 10.

It represents a huge blow for Liverpool as they have struggled for goals in the absence of a player who struck on 24 occasions in all competitions last season. The Reds currently sit in 11th place in the Premier League table, four points off the top four, and were hoping that the return of the striker could revive their season.

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