Liverpool Blow as Daniel Sturridge Leaves Training on Crutches

Alex LivieFeatured ColumnistNovember 29, 2013

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 25:  Daniel Sturridge of Liverpool reacts during the Capital One Cup Third Round match betwen Manchester United and Liverpool at Old Trafford on September 25, 2013 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
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Liverpool are facing up to the prospect of being without Daniel Sturridge for a period of time after the striker reportedly left the club’s training ground on crutches.

Sturridge, who returned from international duty last week with a leg injury, was the subject of a positive fitness report by Reds boss Brendan Rodgers on Friday.

Speaking to the club’s official website, according to Chris Shaw, Rodgers said:

He has certainly trained very hard this week.

We've got another day to go to prepare and see where all the players are at.

I like to give all the players every chance to show that they can be in the team. He has worked exceptionally well and, when he does that, his quality is there for everyone to see.

It would appear that Friday’s training session, where Rodgers was looking to see "where all the players are at," came at a cost for Sturridge.

The Times’ Tony Barrett reported on Twitter that Sturridge had been sent for a scan on suspected ankle ligament damage.

Daniel Sturridge suffered suspected ankle ligament damage in training today. He's had a scan but severity of injury not yet known.

— Tony Barrett (@TonyBarretTimes) November 29, 2013

This report was backed up by the Guardian’s Andy Hunter who wrote:

Liverpool fear Daniel Sturridge is facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines after the striker suffered suspected ankle ligament damage in training.

Sturridge left Melwood on crutches on Friday. The Liverpool striker was immediately taken for a scan on his left ankle and, though the full extent of damage may become clear only over the weekend, the club are braced for bad news.

Sturridge looked in excellent spirits in training on Friday. He was pictured taking a full part in training and seen laughing and joking with his team-mates. But the mood was soured later as news of his injury filtered through.

Brendan Rodgers provides the latest fitness update on @D_Sturridge -

— Liverpool FC (@LFC) November 29, 2013

Sturridge, who damaged ankle ligaments earlier this year, has been in superb form for the Reds. He has nine league goals to his name this season and has worked superbly in tandem with Luis Suarez.