Liverpool forward Daniel Sturridge has returned to England due to a hamstring injury which ruled him out of The Reds’ 2-0 win over AC Milan on Saturday night.
The England forward has flown back from the USA along with Adam Lallana and Jon Flanagan who both also have picked up injuries on the tour. Daniel Agger and Fabio Borini flew back to Merseyside last week.
Rodgers confirmed the news after the win over Milan in Charlotte, saying that Sturridge will be available for the club’s final friendly against Borussia Dortmund at Anfield next Sunday.
“He wasn’t going to be ready for the game on Monday but there is no concern there” Rodgers explained. “He will be ready for the game against Borussia Dortmund next weekend.
“It was just best to get him back to the training ground so he can get some treatment there. He has a really, really slight feeling in his hamstring. Nothing major.”
In Sturridge’s absence, Rodgers only had Rickie Lambert and youngster Kristoffer Peterson as his forward options against Milan. Lambert played the first hour, having a penalty saved on the half-hour mark – missing the opportunity to score his first goal for the club since his move from Southampton.
With full-backs Javier Manquillo and Alberto Moreno reportedly set to sign for Liverpool this week, Rodgers will then spend the rest of the transfer window looking to sign at least one forward to strengthen what is an area that clearly lacks depth.