Daniel Sturridge returns to full training ahead of Man United clash

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After recovering from hip surgery this summer, Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge returned to full training at Melwood on Thursday.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Sunday, August 17, 2014: Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge in action against Southampton during the Premier League match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Sturridge has made his long-awaited return to full training, as he steps up his recovery following surgery on his hip this summer.

The 26-year-old joined Brendan Rodgers and his Liverpool team-mates at Melwood for the first time on Thursday, after spending three weeks training alone, according to Andy Hunter of the Guardian.

This could see him make a surprise appearance in Saturday’s top-four clash away to Manchester United.

“Liverpool will assess Sturridge’s reaction before taking a decision on whether he be involved against Manchester United on Saturday,” Hunter writes.

“But the 25-year-old’s availability comes at an important time for Rodgers with his side short on Premier League goals and entering a hectic period.”

Sturridge’s return will be key to Liverpool’s success this season, as Rodgers looks to support the likes of Christian Benteke and Philippe Coutinho and boost his side’s attacking power.

But, after missing much of the 2014/15 season through injury, the manager would be right to practice caution with his star striker.

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