Updates from Friday, May 2
Liverpool Echo's James Pearce reports:
Daniel Sturridge hasn't trained this week due to ongoing hamstring problem. He is set to rejoin training on Saturday. #LFC— James Pearce (@JamesPearceEcho) May 2, 2014
Updates from Friday, April 25
Brendan Rodgers says Liverpool will take a late call on whether Daniel Sturridge is fit to face Chelsea on Sunday.
Rodgers' update was noted by the Times' Tony Barrett:
Rodgers says Liverpool will know in the next 24 hours whether or not Daniel Sturridge will be fit for Chelsea.— Tony Barrett (@TonyBarretTimes) April 25, 2014
Updates from Thursday, April 24
Daniel Sturridge has dropped a hint that he may be on the bench for Liverpool's crunch clash with Chelsea.
Speaking at an event to launch Liverpool's new deal with food company "Subway,", Sturridge gave an intriguing answer when asked if he would celebrate against Chelsea, per the Daily Mirror's David Maddock:
I would like to show respect to my former club, but if I were to come on and score in the last minute I'm going to be on a mad one, aren't I? I don't want to - but I don't know if I could control myself if that happened.
Updates from Wednesday, April 23
Neil Jones of the Liverpool Echo has the latest update on Daniel Sturridge:
Sturridge appeared at a Q&A session to mark the club’s new commercial partnership with Subway on Wednesday, and told a group of local schoolchildren he was “hopeful” of being fit to take on Chelsea. He is expected to resume full training with his teammates today.
Updates from Thursday, April 17
Liverpool have released an official statement, refusing to rule Daniel Sturridge out of Sunday's trip to Norwich.
Sturridge is reportedly struggling for the encounter with a hamstring problem, but Liverpool will give him every chance to prove his fitness, stating the following:
Liverpool have confirmed they'll give Daniel Sturridge every opportunity to prove his fitness ahead of Sunday's Barclays Premier League clash with Norwich City.
The striker had to be withdrawn in the 66th minute of last weekend's 3-2 win over Manchester City.
Sturridge has since undergone further assessment with the club's medical team at Melwood and a small strain was detected following a scan.
The 24-year-old will now undergo a treatment programme in order to try and be available for the trip to Carrow Road.
Sturridge tweeted his frustration with the injury, promising to do all he can to return quickly:
Pushing myself to get back ASAP! Fuming I'm injured but it's life. Everything for a reason. God has his plan. #redordead— Daniel Sturridge (@D_Sturridge) April 17, 2014
Brendan Rodgers confessed in Thursday's press conference that Sturridge is struggling to be fit for the Norwich clash, per This is Anfield:
BR on Sturridge: May struggle for the weekend, not too serious though, may be a risk for the weekend. We'll assess over next couple days.— This Is Anfield (@thisisanfield) April 17, 2014
BR asked again on Sturridge: He does recover very quickly (cites start of season). It's certainly not as serious as sometimes a hamstring..— This Is Anfield (@thisisanfield) April 17, 2014
.. injury can be.— This Is Anfield (@thisisanfield) April 17, 2014
Updates from Wednesday, April 16
David Maddock of The Daily Mirror has the latest on Daniel Sturridge's fitness before Sunday's match vs. Norwich City:
Liverpool have had a blow delivered to their title hopes with news that striker Daniel Sturridge looks certain to miss Sunday’s tricky game at struggling Norwich.
The England international underwent scans after limping out of the Reds' massive weekend victory over Manchester City.
Even though fears he tore a hamstring have been allayed, he is struggling to be ready for the high-noon encounter at Carrow Road.
Liverpool were handed a massive blow in the race for the Premier League title as star forward Daniel Sturridge was forced to leave the pitch during Sunday's clash with Manchester City with what appeared to be an injury to the hamstring.
The Telegraph's Henry Winter was the first to report the news:
Amazing game. 2-2. Silva's deflected goal. City fans in full voice. Sturridge (hamstring) hobbling off. Allen coming on.— Henry Winter (@henrywinter) April 13, 2014
The England international wasn't enjoying a particularly good match, wasting several good chances as his team was being held by the Citizens to a 2-2 draw at the time of the injury. But as shared by BBC Sport, Sturridge's importance to the Reds cannot be overstated:
Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge have scored 49 goals this season, a total beaten only by Peter Beardsley and Andy Cole in 1993-94— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) April 13, 2014
The former Chelsea man is in the midst of a breakout season, scoring a remarkable 20 goals in 25 total appearances, per WhoScored.com. Heading in to the match, Sturridge spoke about his decision to leave Manchester City, courtesy of Mirror's Mike Walter:
I would not have got to where I am today if I had stayed.
Realistically, you look back and they only have Micah Richards from the academy playing for the club's first team - everyone else has been signed by Man City, so I feel I made the right decision leaving there.
With his team in the midst of a close fight for the EPL title and the Reds heavily reliant on the attacking partnership of Sturridge and Luis Suarez, any long-term injury to the striker would be devastating for the team's title chances.
The Citizens still have two games in hand and could gain on Liverpool to within one point the EPL table if they win both games, and with Chelsea coming to Anfield in two weeks, the Reds will need to be at their very best if they wish to win their first league title in 24 years.
Hamstring injuries are notoriously fickle, and with the fixture against City being arguably the team's most important tie of the season, one has to assume the injury to Sturridge has to be serious for Brendan Rodgers to take one of his star players off the pitch.
Fans must now hope the substitution was in part because of his lesser play in this match, because any serious injury could not only derail Liverpool's title bid -- with the World Cup just around the corner, this setback could be the ultimate nightmare scenario for both the player and fans all over England.