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Daniel Sturridge injury: Not as bad as feared, should return for Christmas fixtures

Daniel Sturridge‘s hamstring injury is not as bad as feared and should see him return for the Reds’ festive fixtures.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - Saturday, November 21, 2015: Liverpool's substitute Daniel Sturridge before the Premier League match against Manchester City at the City of Manchester Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Reports on Tuesday evening claimed Sturridge would be sidelined until the new year, but the injury is believed to be not as bad as first feared, and is not a torn hamstring meaning less time on the sidelines.

Liverpool host West Brom on Sunday, then have a rare week without a midweek game. Their festive fixtures begin at Watford the Sunday before Christmas, with Leicester City the visitors to Anfield on Boxing Day.

They then travel to Sunderland (December 30th) and West Ham (2nd January) to round off the festive fixtures.

Jurgen Klopp‘s pre-match press conference ahead of the Reds’ Europa League final group game against FC Sion takes place this evening once the squad has arrived in Switzerland. The manager will update the media on the striker’s injury then.

Another player not making the trip to Sion is winger Jordon Ibe, who has an illness the day after turning 20.

Philippe Coutinho trained with the squad at Melwood on Wednesday morning.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Wednesday, December 9, 2015: Liverpool's Joe Allen, Allan Rodrigues de Sousa, Lucas Leiva, Philippe Coutinho Correia, Roberto Firmino, Christian Benteke and Kolo Toure during a training session at Melwood Training Ground ahead of the UEFA Europa League Group Stage Group B match against FC Sion. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Sturridge took to Instagram on Wednesday morning to declare that he’ll “never lose faith in God or belief in myself” – posting an image saying that his life was part of God’s “amazing plan.”

Sky Sports report that the injury will see Sturridge miss the West Brom and Watford games only.

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