Major blow as Daniel Sturridge “could be out for a minimum of six weeks”

Liverpool have been dealt a major blow ahead of the busy festive fixtures after Daniel Sturridge suffered suspected ankle ligament damage in training on Friday.

LONDON, ENGLAND - Saturday, November 2, 2013: Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge ties his boot laces against Arsenal during the Premiership match at the Emirates Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

All major newspapers are reporting the news that Sturridge rolled his left ankle in the latter stages of the training session. He left the club’s training ground on crutches.

The Telegraph report:

The England striker was sent for a scan and was still awaiting the full results of that assessment last night, but if it is ligament damage he could be out for a minimum of six weeks.

Sturridge suffered a similar injury earlier this year in a friendly for England, in his right ankle, which required two months on the sidelines.

The Guardian write that Liverpool “are braced for bad news” once the scan results return.

Sturridge’s extended absence is a major blow with three games inside seven days, followed by trips to Tottenham, Man City and Chelsea all in December.

Brendan Rodgers will likely opt to change to a 4-2-3-1 formation, with Victor Moses on the left of the three, Philippe Coutinho in the “number 10″ role, and Jordan Henderson drifting inside from the right.

Earlier today we identified five players who can benefit from the busy run of fixtures.

Update: Liverpool FC confirmed on Saturday that Sturridge “will be assessed by the club’s medical staff today after the striker rolled his ankle in training”.

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  • Shibashis

    Really? Are we not forgetting that he plays for us and has been scoring for fun? Wonder if those goals have helped Liverpool or not….wait, let me think….hang on….THEY HAVE !!!

  • Rak S

    Are you schizophrenic?
    Every now and then you talk sense, but you then follow it up with a complete load of balls… Crazy!

    • Redblooded Male

      He’s a Gooner masquerading as a Red.

      • Rak S

        Ahhh… Makes sense.

        • Zanatos

          Trolling Level Master…..Complete

  • Scott Brown

    Let’s sell you to another team as a supporter. I hear the plastics are looking for some screamers like.

  • Scott Brown

    Well, it was a bit more than just a dead leg. In an interview after the last match (which is on TIA) he stated that he had a wee tear in his thigh and that blood had pooled under the surface. That is why he shouldn’t have played. I’ve torn muscle and had blood pool under the surface like that and the only way for it to heal is to nurse it and not aggravate the injury. He should have rested a week and given it a chance to heal. I’m not bashing the lad, though. He obviously has heart and wanted to push through it. Just not the best decision to me. As Rak said, however… He might have rolled the ankle because of overcompensation due to the other injury or it might have happened regardless. Such is life and football.

  • Scott Brown

    At the end of the day you can always say we should have signed this lad or that lad but we as the supporters never know what goes on in negotiations, with financing, player preferences, etc. Besides that, if our strikers went the entire season without injury and did well, no one would even think twice about who we should have signed.

  • Scott Brown

    Let’s hope so mate.

  • Scott Brown

    I’ve really been enjoying seeing him play here in Spain this year. Great player and he definitely has a bright future.

    • Zanatos

      So hope he comes back. I have a bad feeling he wont.

      • Scott Brown

        I’m sceptical as well. The unfortunate thing is that he is a similar player as Pacheco (both style and build) and LFC never could suss him out and seem to fit him in. I don’t think he was ever given a fair change to be honest. Anyway, I just hope Suso doesn’t go the same route. This season playing for for Almería will surely go miles towards his development and confidence!

        • Zanatos

          Agreed. On current form he is better than anyone else we have in the team in his position.

  • Zanatos

    JC doesn`t have a heart, he is the Tin Man. Follow the yellow brick road, follow the yel…

    • Scott Brown

      HAHA! Sorry… Emm… Have you had a change of your Heinz Beans Tin?

      • Zanatos

        Magic beans, swapped them for a cow..

  • j75j

    Players who go away on international duty now are playing for places in World Cup squads the Germany and Chile games gave players a chance to push for a place in the squad.
    Think this is lost on a lot of our fans! Players want to play in World Cups!

  • Abyss

    I’m not saying they’re completely immune from injuries. But your Ronaldos, Messis and Suarez – they play almost every match possible. Messi suffered an injury last season as well if I remember correctly. Under Guardiola, he’d play almost 50 games per season.

  • Abyss

    I agree that he didn’t have to play for 90 minutes. But for Sturridge it’s an England NT cap. Gerrard did the same thing taking pain killer injections isn’t it? England do play shite more often than not, so that doesn’t change anything. It’s Hodgson who should’ve had the maturity to bring someone else on instead.

    • Aditya

      We all know what a d*ck head hodgson is, he even said he doesnt gives a rats asss when we were 18th in league table 3 yeas back,
      If number of NT caps matters for studge, i think you get one even if you play for 5 min, or 50 min or 90 min
      as for gerrard he got himself substituted 55 mins. , all i am saying is that studge behaved naively

  • CARR71

    i do not but he his all we have got but we loaned him out madness ,we should have sold him and put the money towards a replacement ,hes already talking about going back to italy ,no doubt we will end up getting ripped of by the italian clubs again

    • Scott Brown

      I didn’t realise he was talking about going back to Italy. I understand your frustration with him but I haven’t given up on the lad yet. I think the problem last season is that he was never fit enough to have a run of games and get his form. Now that he has been playing a bit more regularly, maybe he’ll finally find that form. If not, I think you are right and we’ll need to sell him on. He’s certainly got a lot to prove.

      • CARR71

        his agent said he would like a move to italy ,hull city we are having a laugh

  • Rederik

    Thats why Suarez is so special he is very rarely injured, the way he runs of injuries is amazing.

  • Rederik

    The difference in Roy and Brendan is that Woy is a wan ker and B.R is a good manager.

  • Zanatos

    because football is all about right now. You have to play them cause if you don`t and you lose a few matches your own fans turn on you and want you gone.

    Same goes for giving young kids a chance. People moan managers don`t play them enough, then moan if when played the team loses.