Daniel Sturridge Injury: Updates on Liverpool Star's Thigh, Likely Return Date
Daniel Sturridge has been ruled out of England’s World Cup qualifier against Moldova due to a thigh problem, according to the Express.
The in-form Liverpool striker has been monitoring the injury for weeks and faced a fitness test for Friday’s crucial qualifier. News emerging from the England camp confirms the player did not convince medical staff.
UPDATE: Thursday, Sept. 12
From David Lyons of the Daily Star:
Daniel Sturridge is on course to play for Liverpool on Monday—despite pulling out of the England squad.
Sturridge ... aims to make a quick return for Liverpool's clash with Swansea after responding well to treatment on a thigh injury ...
Provided he shows no ill-effects in training over the next few days, he will lead the line at the Liberty Stadium on Monday.
UPDATE: Monday, Sept. 9
From James Pearce of the Liverpool Echo:
Liverpool FC are hopeful Daniel Sturridge will be passed fit for next week’s trip to Swansea City.
Sturridge returned to Melwood on Tuesday after missing training with England and will remain with Liverpool for rehab having not travelled with the Three Lions.
Sturridge is hopeful of being ready to return to action for Liverpool’s game with Swansea a week today (Monday).
UPDATE: Saturday, Sept. 7
According to Liverpool's official website, Sturridge won't travel with England to the Ukraine for Tuesday's World Cup qualifier.
An FA statement read: "The FA can confirm that Daniel Sturridge will not return to the England squad ahead of the World Cup qualifier with Ukraine on Tuesday.
"Club England medical staff have been in constant contact with their counterparts at Liverpool Football Club since he returned there on Thursday, his injury has not progressed as had been hoped and it is now clear that Sturridge will not be fit for the match in Kiev on Tuesday evening.
"No additions will be made to Roy Hodgson's squad of 23 players who travel to Ukraine on Sunday evening."
The FA's Staff later confirmed Sturridge's injury and provided an updated timetable for the star's return:
As Roy Hodgson prepares his England team to face Moldova on Friday evening, Daniel Sturridge has returned to Liverpool for further treatment.
The squad departed St. George's Park on Thursday afternoon ahead of the World Cup qualifier at Wembley, but the Liverpool forward will return to his club with the intention of joining the England squad again at the weekend and traveling to Ukraine.
The Liverpool star will be replaced by Ricky Lambert, according to The Sun.
Southampton striker Rickie Lambert will start England's World Cup qualifier v Moldova, says boss Roy Hodgson.— SunSport Now (@SunSportNow) September 5, 2013
Sturridge wasn't the only player to suffer an injury during training, with Steven Caulker hurting his ankle.
Hodgson: Steven Caulker also turned his ankle in training and will be out of game against Moldova, but should be ok for Ukraine #England— The FA (@FA) September 5, 2013
England boss Roy Hodgson was relying on Sturridge to help him during a time of injury crisis for the Three Lions. Wayne Rooney cannot play due to a gash to his head, while Phil Jones, Glen Johnson and Jack Wilshere have all required attention.
Sturridge has begun the new season on fire, scoring in each of Liverpool’s opening three Premier League games to propel them to the top of the table.
He also netted twice in a League Cup game against Notts County, making it five goals in four outings for the former Chelsea man.
However, he aggravated the thigh in the recent 1-0 win over Manchester United and will now target a return against Ukraine, having been released to be looked after by Liverpool’s doctors, per Dominic Fifield of the Guardian.
He was not risked in training and has continued to receive treatment on the thigh but, with his rehabilitation on-going, England have decided to release him back into Liverpool's care having acknowledged he would not be fit to play on Friday.
Sturridge will hook back up with the squad for another fitness test over the weekend, giving him every opportunity to recover in time for Ukraine. A final decision will likely be made Sunday before England fly to Kiev for Tuesday's encounter.
However, England's priority for now is picking up three points in Friday’s clash with Moldova. Hodgson’s men are currently second in Group H, two points behind Montenegro with a game in hand.
In Sturridge’s absence, the England boss is left with four options: Danny Welbeck, Rickie Lambert, Jermain Defoe and Ashley Young.
Welbeck was always expected to start, although he only has six international goals in 17 games. Ideally, the United man would play in support of a striker, so Defoe or Lambert could get the nod for Moldova.
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