Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge could return to the Reds lineup as soon as Tuesday’s League Cup semifinal second leg against Chelsea.
Failing that, manager Brendan Rodgers expects him back on the weekend for a visit from West Ham United.
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Sturridge, 25, has been fighting injuries all season, and hasn’t been on the pitch since August, and Liverpool has battled to find an answer for his absence and the sale of last season’s striking star, Luis Suarez.
The latest ailment for Sturridge was a thigh injury suffered in training back in November.
“He starts training tomorrow with the team,” said Rodgers. “He’s in his final rehabilitation with the medical and sports science guys today.
“He joins in with the group now and it’s just about getting football fitness and game fitness. We’ll see how he is for Tuesday.
“If he’s not ready for Tuesday then he’ll be back, for sure, against West Ham next weekend.”
The eighth-place Reds are four points back of fifth-place Arsenal and five points out of the Top Four. The 6-foot-2 Sturridge has a goal in three matches this season after scoring 31 in his first 43 Premier League appearances for Liverpool.