‘Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge on target to return for start of season’

Liverpool expect striker Daniel Sturridge to be fit for the start of the season as the England star recovers from an ankle injury

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Daniel Sturridge joined Liverpool from Chelsea in January Photo: Nike

Liverpool believe Daniel Sturridge will be fit for the start of the new Premier League season as the Reds striker recovers from an ankle injury.

The 23-year-old, who joined in a £12m deal from Chelsea in January, picked up the problem during England’s 1-1 draw with the Republic of Ireland in the end of season friendly at Wembley in May.

And Liverpool’s head of performance Glen Driscoll confirmed the England forward is yet to return to training, while captain Steven Gerrard is fully fit after a shoulder operation.

“Daniel Sturridge is the only player in the squad not training at the moment, but he’s progressing really well and he’s still on target to make the start of the season,” Driscoll told Liverpool’s website.

“Steven Gerrard is still being modified, but he’s about to enter all out training.”

And Driscoll also confirmed the club’s youngsters Martin Kelly and Raheem Sterling are both back training again after their respective fitness struggles last season.

“Martin Kelly is back in full training and doing really well,” said Driscoll. “He has absolutely no problems.

“Raheem Sterling has actually come back a little bit earlier, like Martin, to do some extra conditioning so they hit the ground running. He looks extremely sharp.

“Joe Allen also did some extra work and is raring to go now.”

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