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Daniel Sturridge risks injury by putting country before club

Daniel Sturridge missed England’s friendly against Chile but on Sunday was declared fit and available for selection against Germany.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Sunday, September 1, 2013: Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge and Manchester United's Michael Carrick during the Premiership match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The Liverpool striker though, confessed that his thigh injury had continued to linger. Sturridge said on Sunday:

“I’ve had a lot of treatment last few days, I’ve been working hard to make sure I’m okay.

“It’s not a serious injury so I’m hopeful that it doesn’t continue to linger on. I’ve been playing with it for the past couple of games and it’s been hindering my performance.

“But I had a scan and I’m ready to go, I’m delighted the pain’s not too bad and I’m looking forward to it.”

However, at Monday morning’s training ahead of the game, Sturridge left the pitch early seemingly struggling with the injury, as described in the following tweets from journalists:

Sturridge hasn’t been fully fit for large parts of this season and missed pre-season due to an ankle injury he picked up on international duty for England against Republic of Ireland in May.

Liverpool have the small matter of the Merseyside derby on Saturday lunchtime and will be hoping their forward will be available.

UPDATE: Roy Hodgson has confirmed that Sturridge will start the game.

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