Liverpool have released a statement to say that they are hopeful Daniel Sturridge will be available for the start of the new Premier League season in August, despite the forward’s recent ankle injury.
Sturridge was taken off during the first half of England’s 1-1 draw with Ireland at Wembley last week, with many fearing the worst and a dent in Liverpool’s start to the 2013/14 campaign.
However, after swelling went down, Liverpool’s medical team assessed Sturridge’s ankle and news is better than first thought.
Sturridge wrote on his instagram account:
“Wearing this boot and crutches but there’s light at the end of the tunnel. God willing I’ll be back for the start [of the season] y’all.”
A statement from the club said:
He suffered a high ankle sprain and Liverpool’s medical staff had to allow the swelling to reduce before a final assessment was made.
Liverpool’s attacking line-up could look a bit different next season with Brendan Rodgers said to be on the verge of signing Celta Vigo striker Iago Aspas, whilst the future of Luis Suarez at Anfield remains unclear.
The news of Sturridge will come as a relief to the Reds after the £12million former Chelsea man scored 11 goals in his first 15 appearances for the Reds (he has now made 16 appearances).