Michael Owen says he wishes we knew more about Daniel Sturridge's recent injury problems

Daniel Sturridge

Sturridge has recently returned to action but there is always speculation about the Liverpool forward's fitness.

Former Liverpool striker Michael Owen has said he finds it hard to have an opinion on the injury problems Daniel Sturridge has suffered from, suggesting there has been a lack of transparency over them from the Reds.

Owen was no stranger to injuries himself during his career as there were many times he was forced to miss games because of muscle injuries.

Sturridge made his latest return to action in Liverpool's FA Cup fourth round replay defeat to West Ham United.

Owen is quoted in the Guardian, saying: “I wish we knew a bit more. We all get texts on our phones saying Sturridge has done this or that, but it is all people guessing.

"People are saying things that are potentially unfair. I have been injured before and if he is getting muscle injuries then I have every sympathy because they are debilitating. You cannot play on with muscle injuries; they just tear, tear and tear until they erupt. It is the worst thing ever.

“However, if he has joint pain – an ankle, a knee and a hip – it can be manageable. It is all about pain thresholds. We have not really been given they information so I do wince a little bit when I see people having a real go.”

It's weird to be commenting on Sturridge's fitness now he has managed to get himself to the stage where he is available for selection again, and when Jurgen Klopp has said he hopes the woes of his forward are behind him. 

Owen is right to point out it is unfair on the player to have all this talk surrounding his fitness, but there have been so many times over the past couple of years that fans have expected a Sturridge return to the side only for him to break down again, whereas lately it has been managed a little better as Klopp has been cagey with his assessment. 

But it hasn't stopped people questioning Sturridge's commitment, though one can't help but feel that if Liverpool were performing a little better in general then it's not an issue that would be dominating column inches all of the time.

It's weird to think that Klopp is somehow hiding something. His last injury was a hamstring injury, then people should have really just assumed he was recovering from a hamstring injury. Instead it seems some have just got bored and started to speculate. 

Owen is right on the unfairness of things, but if Liverpool are keeping quiet about something, then they've already shown it's best to be dealt with internally and avoid hysteria. 

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