Brendan Rodgers hasn’t ruled out Daniel Sturridge playing a part in Liverpool’s League Cup tie against Chelsea on Tuesday, but says he will certainly be back for next Saturday’s Premier League clash at home to West Ham.
Speaking after Liverpool’s goalless draw at home to Bolton in the FA Cup 4th Round on Saturday evening, Rodgers revealed that Sturridge will return to full training on Sunday.
The England international striker hasn’t played since August after a series of thigh muscle problems, but after strengthening and conditioning with experts in the USA, the 25-year-old is set to return to action imminently.
“Daniel’s at a really good level of fitness,” Rodgers told BT Sport. “He’ll only have a couple of day’s training before the Chelsea game, but he’ll be ready for West Ham.”
“He’s working really hard and that will be a huge boost for us.”
Speaking in his post-match press conference, Rodgers said similarly: “We’ll see how he is for Tuesday, if not, definitely for West Ham.”
Liverpool face West Ham at Anfield next Saturday, 31st January after the mid-week League Cup clash against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
The FA Cup 4th Round replay against Bolton will take place in the week beginning 2nd February, with full details and ticket selling arrangements to be confirmed.