Liverpool have been dealt a major blow with the news that striker Daniel Sturridge could face the whole summer on the sidelines, even missing the start of the new season in August, according to Monday morning’s Guardian.
Sturridge was stretchered off during England’s 1-1 draw with the Republic of Ireland on Wednesday night, with concerns immediately raised and Liverpool’s medical team called-in.
The Guardian report that “scans have subsequently confirmed Liverpool’s worst fears on the extent of the injury, revealing ankle ligament damage, and he, too, is expected to be missing from Rodgers’ attack when the next campaign opens.”
The news will disrupt Liverpool’s pre-season plans with something of a striker crisis unraveling at Anfield.
The future of Luis Suarez is still unclear, and the Uruguayan will miss the first six games of the season should he continue his stay on Merseyside.
Liverpool are, however, looking set to land a new striker in the next week or so with the acquisition of Celta Vigo forward Iago Aspas.
Sturridge scored 11 goals in 16 appearances for Liverpool after moving North from Chelsea in the January transfer window.