Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has admitted that the club don’t have a comeback game in mind for injured striker Daniel Sturridge.
Sturridge was recently sent to the USA by the club, as they looked to address why he has picked up so many injuries of a similar nature and get him back playing for the club as quickly as possible.
While Rodgers is pleased with Sturridge’s progress, he has revealed he doesn’t know when he’ll return and has suggested that he’s only 75% fit at the moment.
“If you have nine injuries on one thigh alone and a number of other issues then there is a procedure you need to look at,” Rodgers told the Liverpool Echo.
“He has gone out to America and done a lot of great work and they have got him three quarters of the way there. We’ve had video links and been monitoring the situation.”
“There is no comeback game in mind at this stage. We will just see how he adapts when he’s back here.”
The temptation, which Rodgers must resist, for the club will be to get him back into a match day squad as quickly as possible.
That becomes a more appealing scenario for the manager because of the way the other strikers have failed to step up and grasp the opportunity to lead the team, which has been created by Sturridge’s absence.
Mario Balotelli, Rickie Lambert and Fabio Borini haven’t done anything to show the boss why they are good options up front, even when Sturridge is back fit and fully available.
“If he can just sustain that fitness, he’s shown what he can do. We’re hoping that he can stay fit and lead the charge for us over the next few years.”
Rodgers’ optimism seems to be mixed in with a little doubt over just how big a role Sturridge can play for the rest of the season.
However, there’s no doubt that when he’s in the attack, the Reds are a more dangerous side.