Daniel Sturridge has suffered another thigh strain
in training and is now a major doubt for Liverpool’s
Premier League clash with Crystal Palace on
Sunday, Goal understands.
Sturridge pulled up in training at Melwood on
Tuesday and it is believed the injury is similar in
nature to the thigh problem that originally
sidelined him while on England duty in early
The precise extent of the new problem is not yet
known and the 25-year-old will be assessed by
Liverpool’s medical staff in the coming days, but
this fresh setback means he is unlikely to recover
in time to face Palace.
Sturridge has not featured for Liverpool since
starring in a 3-0 evisceration of Tottenham at White
Hart Lane on August 31 and Brendan Rodgers’ men
have won just four of 14 matches in all
competitions in his absence, with summer signing
Mario Balotelli scoring just twice.
The Reds lie 11th in the Premier League after 11
matches, four points off West Ham in fourth, and it
now appears that Rodgers will again have to do
without the man who scored 21 Premier League
goals last season despite missing a significant
chunk of the campaign with an ankle injury.
Sturridge had been progressing well in training
while recovering from an unrelated calf problem,
and as recently as November 12 took to Twitter to
reassure fans that he would soon return to the
The 25-year-old has been beset by injuries since
arriving at Anfield in a £12 million deal from
Chelsea in January 2013, and last month suggested
his genes and body type might be to blame for his
persistent muscular problems.
“I’ve been unfortunate this season to pick up
injuries. Maybe it’s my body type and hereditary,”
he told TalkSPORT.
“My uncle Dean had a lot of muscle problems when
he played, uncle Simon the same, and my dad.
Maybe it’s the Caribbean vibes. [I have] fast-twitch
muscles, I am more vulnerable to muscle injuries.”