During England's international friendly with Ireland in May, promising forward Daniel Sturridge was forced to leave the game in the first half with an ankle injury.
UPDATE: Tuesday, Aug. 6, at 10:15 a.m. ET by Ben Blackmore
Sky Sports staff report quotes from Brendan Rodgers, who confirmed to The Times Sturridge is back in training:
"Thankfully Daniel had his first training session (on Monday) with the team and I thought he looked very sharp.
"He obviously had an injury at the end of the season which set him back, but he's worked very hard along with the medical guys who have done a great job with him.
"He's played no part in the preseason so you put him in at the top end of the field with his pace, power and his quality and we are able to add something more to the group as well.
"So it all bodes well for us for the beginning of the season and sets us up nice and solid and exciting for the first game."
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UPDATE: Wednesday, July 24, at 7:55 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford
Goal.com reporter Gill Clark notes that Sturridge should be ready for the new season:
Liverpool expects striker Daniel Sturridge to be fit in time for the start of the new season.
The 23-year-old was stretchered off with an ankle injury during England's 1-1 friendly draw with Republic of Ireland at Wembley in May.
The Reds are now back in preseason training and, while Sturridge is still sidelined, the club's head of performance, Glen Driscoll, is happy with his progress.
"Daniel Sturridge is the only player in the squad not training at the moment but he's progressing really well and he's still on target to make the start of the season," he told the club's official website. "Steven Gerrard is still being modified but he's about to enter all out training."
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UPDATE: Wednesday, May 29, at 5:25 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford
According to The Independent reporter Sam Wallace, Sturridge didn't break anything, but he may not return to the field anytime soon:
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James Olley of the London Evening Standard has the update:
Danny Mills of BBC Radio 5, courtesy of BBC.com, also offered up some more details about what exactly happened:
Sturridge looks in a bad way. This looks very serious. It's a worry for England as well as Brendan Rodgers and Liverpool fans. He was chasing back and pulled up. He immediately waved at the bench. On the plus side, he hobbled off the pitch himself. Hopefully it is not a long-term injury.
The severity of the injury is still unknown, but this is something you never want to see.
Not only is it a club's worst nightmare to see one of its young talents suffer an injury in a friendly international contest, but this also spoils Sturridge's debut in the English starting lineup.
To make things even worse, the Liverpool star's first start for his country was going swimmingly.
On Frank Lampard's equalizing goal in the 23rd minute, it was Sturridge who freed himself down the left side before waiting as long as possible and delivering a terrific ball into the box for the assist.
Earlier in the match, he showed more promise linking up with Wayne Rooney up front and putting together some tantalizing play.
Alas, his promising day has unfortunately come to a premature finish. Hopefully it's nothing more than that.
After struggling to make an impact with Chelsea at the beginning of this season, Sturridge completed a move to Liverpool in early January, where he saw his production skyrocket.
In 15 EPL appearances with Liverpool, the 23-year-old netted 10 goals and dished out three assists, good enough for an impressive average match rating of 7.62, per WhoScored.com.
You never want to see anyone suffer a serious injury, but with Sturridge seemingly figuring things out and taking his game to its highest level in the past five months, this would serve as a crushing blow if he is forced to miss an extended period of time.
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