Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has said the latest injury setback suffered by Daniel Sturridge is not serious after he was omitted from Thursday night's squad to face Bordeaux in the Europa League because of a foot injury.
Klopp has called for patience as Sturridge's injury nightmare continues, but suggests this kind of niggle is normal given the extent of the forward's problems of late.
He told reporters at his pre-match press conference, as reported by the Liverpool Echo: "His body had to adapt to the new intensity of training and learn what is serious pain and what is only pain. Everyone wants him back on the pitch but we all have to learn. Training for him was intensive. But we have to stay patient."
The Liverpool manager added that he didn't know if Sturridge would be available for Sunday's clash with Swansea City or not.
Klopp has said he is going to wait before making a judgement on the fitness of his captain Jordan Henderson and teenage midfielder Jordan Rossiter before deciding if they are available for selection.
The Reds' boss suggested his skipper has made no secret of his desire to get back to playing football for the first time since August.
"He wants to play but we have to wait. We'll see every day how he adapts to the intensity of the previous day."
One player that will certainly be missing is midfielder Lucas Leiva, who serves a one-game suspension for picking up his fifth booking of the season against Manchester City. Both Joe Allen and Emre Can were mentioned as potential replacements for the Brazilian, and Klopp hopes that he won't be too much of a miss.
"I hope he's not a big miss. I like players like this. He's improved since we've been here. He has really good personality."
The German admitted the reason for Joe Allen's withdrawal from Thursday night's win against Bordeaux on the hour mark was with Sunday in mind - suggesting that he will get his first league start under Klopp.