Rodgers gives latest Liverpool injury update ahead of Villa clash
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers confirms that Daniel Sturridge is out for up to three weeks with an ankle injury
Daniel Sturridge has been ruled out of action for up to three weeks due to the thigh injury the Liverpool striker picked up while on international duty with England.
The Reds forward pulled up in training with the Three Lions after playing 89 minutes of the 1-0 friendly win over Norway last week.
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers said of Sturridge’s injury: “It could be up to three weeks, which is obviously disappointing.”
The Northern Irishman, whose side host Aston Villa on Saturday, went on to criticise the England management for not giving the 24-year-old striker more time to recover after featuring for most of the game at Wembley.
Rodgers continued: “With Daniel, it would have been a recovery day [if he was at Liverpool]. It is individualised here and for him to pick up a thigh injury when he did was disappointing for us.
“I speak regularly with [England manager] Roy [Hodgson], but he is probably being led by some of the sports science people around him and for whatever reason Dan was deemed able to train.”
Rodgers also confirmed that Emre Can could be out of action for up to six weeks due to an ankle injury, while Joe Allen has a problem with his knee.
“We’ve got Emre Can back from Germany, who could be out for up to six weeks because of his ankle,” he said.
“We’ve got Joe Allen back from playing on awful pitch and he has an issue with his knee. We just need to assess that for the weekend.”
Rodgers is also set to be without defenders Martin Skrtel, Glen Johnson and Jon Flanagan on Saturday – but Adam Lallana could make his debut.
“Martin Skrtel won’t be available for the weekend but will hopefully join up with the team when we train on Sunday,” added Rodgers.
“Glen Johnson still has a wee way to go. Young Jon Flanagan is edging towards [fitness] but is not in the squad yet.
“Adam Lallana has been back in the squad for the last couple of weeks, so he’s fine.”