According to multiple reports in England, Liverpool forward Daniel Sturridge is set to miss up to a month of action after being sent home from England camp due to a hip injury suffered in Sunday’s 2-1 defeat to Manchester United.
Sturridge, who earlier this season missed four months of action following an injury suffered while on England duty, reportedly suffered a torn hip muscle and could miss as much as four weeks of action.
Liverpool, of course, are in the midst of chasing down a top-four spot in the Premier League to qualify for the UEFA Champions League for a second straight year, but the loss to Man United coupled with Sturridge’s latest injury are a bitter pill for Brendan Rodgers and the Reds to swallow.
Since returning to regular first-team action in late January, Sturridge scored three goals in eight league games as Liverpool rode a 13-game unbeaten run and rose from mid-table, to fourth place for a short time, to fifth, where they currently reside, five points behind United for fourth place with eight games to play.
Sturridge’s injury also comes at a time when Rodgers must deal with three-game suspensions for Steven Gerrard and Martin Skrtel, and injuries to midfielders Raheem Sterling and Adam Lallana.