In­jury ends Stur­ridge sea­son

Lesotho Times - - Sport -

LON­DON — Liver­pool striker Daniel Stur­ridge’s frus­trat­ing sea­son looks like end­ing pre­ma­turely, his manager Bren­dan Rodgers said.

The 25-year-old Eng­land for­ward has been side­lined by hip and thigh in­juries and has not played since the FA Cup quar­ter-fi­nal win over Black­burn three weeks ago.

“It has been dif­fi­cult for Daniel,” Rodgers told re­porters be­fore the Pre­mier League match at Hull City on Tues­day.

“It’s just been one of those sea­sons for him where it has been very un­for­tu­nate. We are go­ing to have to mon­i­tor that day by day and see where he’s at.

“When he’s been fit he’s been bril­liant for the team. We need to get him back fit and con­sis­tently play­ing.

“But we will have to see if that is go­ing to be this sea­son or for pre-sea­son.”

Asked if he was tempted to leave him out to make sure he was fit for next sea­son, Rodgers replied: “It’s not tempt­ing - he’s just not avail­able.”

Stur­ridge started the first three games of the sea­son, scor­ing the win­ner in the 2-1 victory over Southamp­ton on the open­ing day, but did not play from the end of Au­gust un­til late Jan­uary.

Bren­dan Rodgers (right) says Daniel Stur­ridge won’t be fully fit un­til next sea­son

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