Report: Liverpool yet to decide whether Daniel Sturridge will feature against Manchester United

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Sturridge has yet to make an appearance this season after recovering from surgery on his hip.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has yet to decide whether or not Daniel Sturridge will feature at Old Trafford against Manchester United this weekend, according to the Liverpool Echo.

The Echo reports that Sturridge has been allowed to return to full first-team training with the rest of the squad after recovering from an operation on his hip that forced him to miss the end of last season, pre-season and the first four games of the current Premier League campaign.

It is highly unlikely that Sturridge will be in a position to start the game on Saturday evening, given the lack of game time the 26-year-old has had as well as the magnitude of the fixture - even at this early stage of the season.

But it is encouraging news for Liverpool fans that the forward has taken positive steps during his recovery and at this stage one would think that any involvement, if any, should be from the bench. 

Last season Sturridge suffered from something of an injury nightmare, missing all but three games up until the end of January, then having his season cut short from early April. Though there were flashes of quality on show that Liverpool could have done with throughout the season, he was nowhere near his best. 

The burden for goals must be taken from other members of the squad, including the biggest signing of the summer in Christian Benteke, who is likely to lead the line for the Reds this weekend. 

As for Sturridge's return, it must not be rushed after the succession of injuries he has had to endure over the past year. Liverpool's fixture list starts to get a little more congested after their trip to Manchester United, with their campaigns in the Europa League and League Cup about to get underway. The third round clash of the League Cup against Carlisle at Anfield could be the perfect fixture for him to step up his recovery further. 

Throwing him into the action against United would represent a considerable risk.

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