Daniel Sturridge will return to Merseyside this weekend and could return for Liverpool’s Premier League match at Old Trafford in just over three weeks, according to reports on Thursday.
Both the Guardian and the Mirror report the date of September 12th, against Man United, as being the possible return date for the 25-year-old – who last played for the Reds in April.
That seems very soon, given that the trip to Old Trafford is just over three weeks away and Sturridge hasn’t trained with his team mates.
We’ve seen regular updates from the England international forward in recent weeks as he works on his rehabilitation in the United States and if he is indeed on course for being involved against United, that would surely mean he must return to full training with the rest of the squad next week.
When he does return to training, he’ll find plenty of new faces, with eight new faces (when you include Divock Origi) at Melwood this season.
Bizarrely, both reports suggest Liverpool’s head of performance, Glen Driscoll, and head physio, Chris Morgan, flew to Boston this week to assess the forward.
In a rather contradictory claim, the Guardian write that Sturridge “will be eased back into first-team training initially, with Liverpool reluctant to take any risks on a player who suffered two thigh injuries, a calf strain and a hip problem last season.”
Yet they report a return against United in just over three weeks time. That’s hardly being eased back into things!
Perhaps a more realistic return will be the Europa League game the Thursday following the United game.