Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge (above) has sustained another thigh injury ahead of his planned return to English Premier League action this Sunday.
The injury plagued Sturridge at training on Tuesday. He will undergo scans on Thursday before any decision is made about his appearance in Sunday’s match against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.
The 25-year-old scored 21 times for the Reds last season and has only featured three times in the 2014/15 season. The injury run started in September when the English international picked up a thigh strain. He was back on the medical table in mid-October after a training session with Liverpool.
The Reds’ form has lacked consistency throughout the season; they have managed to win only four matches in 14 games without Sturridge.
The news does not get better for the Reds’ manager, Brendan Rodgers, as his attack suffered another blow with Mario Balotelli in doubt for the Crystal Palace clash after collecting a hamstring injury while attached to the Italian national squad.
If Balotelli is unavailable for Monday, Rodgers will most likely turn to Italian Fabio Borini to lead the line or try either Adam Lallana or Philippe Coutinho in a more advanced role. Sturridge’s injury is unwelcome news for Liverpool fans who had high hopes of finally seeing their dream combination of Sturridge and Balotelli together. – Jake O’Brien
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