Daniel Sturridge looks like he could be set for a faster than expected return for Liverpool, after being pictured taking part in a light training session for the Merseyside club, as reported by the Daily Mail.
The Liverpool hot shot was injured during England’s recent international break, having suffered a knock during a training session shortly after the friendly with Norway.
While Brendan Rodgers was not happy with the way that England treated him over the break, he will surely be delighted to see a key player back in training ahead of schedule, something that will come as a boost with his side stuttering in the league.
Sturridge missed the club’s Champions League clash with Ludogorets last night, which was only won with a last minute penalty from Steven Gerrard in injury time. Mario Balotelli also scored his first goal for the club to put them into the lead, but their performance was below the high standards they have set themselves.
Liverpool’s manager Brendan Rodgers has criticised England’s treatment of his star striker Daniel Sturridge after the goalscoring sensation reported back from international duty carrying a knock that he picked up in a training session after the friendly match against Norway, as reported by the Daily Star.
Sturridge managed to complete the friendly game against Norway, but a training session only 36 hours after his 89 minute excursion at Wembley saw him strain a thigh, and to Liverpool’s detriment, the striker is now expected to miss a couple of weeks of action.
England manager Roy Hodgson was using the training session to prepare his side for the game against Switzerland, which was England’s first Euro 2016 qualifier, but Rodgers feels as though the national team managed Sturridge poorly, and that with better treatment, Sturridge would not have reported back injured.
Rodgers said: “The only disappointment for us was Daniel Sturridge coming back injured as he had started the season very well.
“We’re obviously disappointed because we feel it was an injury which could have been prevented.
“I think clubs work differently at times to international teams.
“It’s more the recovery strategy. When we look at our players here we look at them individually in terms of what their needs are.
“Fast players would have a second day recovery while other players can work on that day.
“When you are that type of quick player like Daniel Sturridge, Raheem Sterling and boys like Danny Welbeck you need to recover them.
“He [Sturridge] has worked so hard over pre-season and looked very fit and strong in our last game against Tottenham.”
Liverpool are lucky that they chose to sign Mario Balotelli towards the end of the transfer window, and the onus is now on the ex-AC Milan striker to reach his potential while Sturridge is absent.
Liverpool star Daniel Sturridge is set to see his Anfield deal doubled, with the striker set to be offered a bumper new deal to keep him on Merseyside, as reported by the Daily Express.
Sturridge has hit incredible heights since moving to Liverpool from Chelsea in January 2013, despite initial doubts over his signing among football experts.
He has rewarded Brendan Rodgers for his faith and use in his preferred central role by putting away a stunning 35 goals in only a year and a half of football, despite suffering a series of unfortunate knocks.
There are now reports suggesting that the Anfield club are set to double his current wages in order to tie him down to a longer deal, with an increased wage to £140,000 a week for Sturridge seemingly on the cards.
Sturridge suffered an injury on international duty with England, and there will be significant hopes on Merseyside that he can recover swiftly, although the addition of Mario Balotelli towards the end of the window makes that less important.