Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge is optimistic about his fitness, a fortnight after his operation.
The England international has had a disappointing season, missing large chunks of the campaign through injuries, and scoring just four Premier League goals.
With Liverpool losing Luis Suarez the previous summer, the last thing they needed was for this to happen to him, and new signing Mario Balotelli has failed to step up.
Sturridge underwent an operation in America on his hip injury earlier this month, as reported by SkySports, with his season ending early.
2 weeks post op and I'm feeling a lot better. I'm a happy man today— Daniel Sturridge (@D_Sturridge) May 19, 2015
Sturridge will hope to make a return to pre-season and hit the ground running next season, but even this is not assured, with The Mirror reporting that in a worst case scenario he could out until November.
His comments that he is feeling positive is at least a good sign, even if ambiguous with relation to specifics.
Liverpool are seven points behind rivals Manchester United with one game to go, and have missed out on Champions League qualification next year.
It's easy to wonder though, whether with a fully fit Sturridge, capable of scoring more than 20 goals a season, whether they would have overturned that gap on the Red Devils.