Sturridge

Tottenham, Newcastle, West Ham, Arsenal and Manchester United have had their collection of injury hit stars.

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Daniel Sturridge is injured again. Yawn.

It shouldn’t really come as a surprise anymore, with his Liverpool career being blighted by injuries after his amazing season last term.

He has played just 18 games this season, and it works out that his injuries occur on a rate of roughly one every four games since his arrival at Anfield.

The 25-year-old forward is supremely talented, but there is the sense that these injuries are never going to go away. His career may come to be defined by them, and if that is the case, then he will never reach his potential.

His latest set-back will see him out of action for the rest of this campaign, as well as the beginning of the next one, as surgery will prevent him from training until September.

Sturridge is just one of many players to have a career blighted by injury, and we take a look at five others who have suffered the same problems as the prolific Liverpool forward.

Ledley King - Tottenham Hotspur

Considered as one of England’s greatest ever defenders, King suffered chronic knee problems during his career, which meant he retired at age 32, after years of injury issues. He was a regular until 2006 for Tottenham, the club at which he started his career, but after that could not find any consistency to his play. He frequently trained only one day a week before playing, and was not allowed to train with his teammates.

Only managed 21 appearances for England, despite being seen as on a par with both John Terry and Rio Ferdinand.

Kieron Dyer - Newcastle United, West Ham

Another seen as a wasted talent due to injury issues, Dyer made a need for himself with Ipswich, before moving to Newcastle in 1999. He remained on Tyneside until 2007, signing for West Ham, and it was around that time that he started suffering severe injury issues. He managed just 33 appearances across the two seasons prior to his transfer to East London, before being struck badly and playing just 30 games in four years for the Hammers.

Currently 36, he is without a club, having spent the last two years of his career with QPR and Middlesbrough - making just 14 appearances.

Abou Diaby - Arsenal

Diaby’s injury problems have become something of a sick joke in recent times, with the French midfielder making just 16 appearances for Arsenal since the start of the 2010-11 season. Regarded as one of the best midfielders in Europe prior to his struggles, he remains continuously on the sidelines, and it does not look as if his career is set to restart any time soon. A real loss of talent, but, at 28, his injury problems are just too persistent.

Jack Wilshere - Arsenal

Also of Arsenal, Wilshere too seems to be a water talent, although he has plenty of time left to reach his peak being just 23-years-old. Starting his career as a first-team regular at a young age, Wilshere made 49 appearances in the 2010-11 season, but then missed the entire following season with injury. Since then he has failed to pass the 35 game mark, and this term will end the season with less than 20 appearances.

His development seems to be stalling with his continual absences, and that is not good news for someone considered as a real talent.

Owen Hargreaves - Manchester United

Hargreaves was, for a time, the best midfielder in English football. He was named England’s player of the tournament at the 2006 World Cup, before breaking his leg. He was ruled out for much of that campaign, and then secured a transfer to Manchester United. His debut season at Old Trafford was successful, as he made 34 appearances and won the Premier League and Champions League, but he then managed just five appearances across the following three campaigns due to injury recurrences from his leg break. Retired aged just 31 in 2012.

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