Liverpool boss provides Daniel Sturridge injury update

The club are ready to welcome back their star striker for the Capital One Cup game against Chelsea.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has confirmed that striker Daniel Sturridge will return to full training later today, according to Sky Sports.

The 25-year-old has been struggling with a thigh problem and has not featured for the Anfield outfit since August - but could be available for their Capital One Cup quarter-final second-leg against Chelsea on Tuesday night.

Liverpool have sorely missed the forward’s goalscoring prowess during his absence, with fellow strikers Mario Balotelli, Fabio Borini and Rickie Lambert failing to fill the void left by Sturridge's lack of fitness.

However, manager Rodgers confirmed after the 0-0 draw with Bolton in the FA Cup fourth round that his star striker will be available by next weekend - at the latest.

"Daniel starts training tomorrow with the team," he told reporters.

"He's in his final rehabilitation with the medical and sports science guys today and joins in with the group from now. It's just about getting football and game fitness. We'll see how he is for Tuesday. If he's not ready for Tuesday, then he'll be back, for sure, against West Ham next weekend.”

The England international has not played for Liverpool since a 3-0 victory over Tottenham on August 31, with him having picked up his thigh injury during England’s friendly with Norway on September 3.

He has since endured a frustrating number of setbacks in his rehabilitation - but now appears to be edging closer to full fitness following a slow but steady set of training regimes with the club’s fitness team. Liverpool fans will have their fingers crossed.

Register for LIVERPOOL team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch