Liverpool have been dealt a huge blow with the news that Daniel Sturridge will miss another month of action after pulling up during training.
The 25-year-old has been on the sidelines since picking up a thigh injury during England training in early September.
He subsequently missed seven Liverpool games and with another rush of fixtures on the horizon for the Reds, looks set to miss seven more.
“Daniel has pulled his calf,” Brendan Rodgers told the Liverpool Echo.
“He’s looking at being out for another two to four weeks.
“It’s a big blow as we were looking forward to welcoming Daniel back. He has worked tirelessly.
“But we have other players training hard and working hard and we will turn to them. It’s why we bulked up the squad in the summer.”
Liverpool will continue to look to £16 million summer signing Mario Balotelli to provide their goals up front, but the Italian has only scored one goal so far for the Reds.
“Mario is doing his best,” Rodgers added. “He has worked very hard during the international break.
“He is a really good boy and is so keen to impress. Mario has worked like a lion over the past fortnight.
“Nobody is more determined than him to show his value and worth.”
Reports are that Sturridge suffered a strain during routine warm-up. Best case scenario is two weeks – worst is a month.
— Jimmy Rice (@JimmyRiceWriter) October 17, 2014
Oh man… Sturridge's injury record is depressing…???????? pic.twitter.com/OTl2FDK0EZ
— Scott (@RedsOrDead) October 17, 2014
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