Rodgers delivers latest Liverpool injury update ahead of Chelsea trip
Brendan Rodgers hints Daniel Sturridge could feature at Chelsea
Brendan Rodgers hasn’t ruled out the possibility of Daniel Sturridge making an appearance at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday.
The Reds striker trained with his team-mates for the first time since recovering from his recent thigh injury, which has kept Sturridge sidelined since early November.
I thought yesterday he looked back to normal
Liverpool make the long journey to the 25-year-old striker’s former club Chelsea for the second leg of their Capital One Cup semi-final tomorrow night.
Rodgers revealed Sturridge looked good in Sunday’s training sessions, although the Liverpool boss admitted the forward will need game time to improve his sharpness.
“We’ll see how he is today,” Rodgers told his pre-match media conference when asked if Sturridge could feature at Stamford Bridge.
“He had a training session with the team yesterday and he trained very, very well. It was as comfortable as he’s looked, even when he was coming back before – he was maybe a little bit tentative. I thought yesterday he looked back to normal.
“We won’t risk it, that’s for sure. He’s been out for a long time, so we just need to make sure he is ready and feels ready, which is important, to come and contribute.
“I don’t think he’ll be 100 per cent when he comes back, that will only come when he’s got his game time once he gets playing games.
“All we can do, alongside him, is make sure he is in the best possible condition that he can be, both physically and mentally, and that will give him a chance to stay fit.”
Sturridge hasn’t featured for the Reds since a 3-0 victory over Tottenham Hotspur in August due to a string of calf and thigh injuries.
The striker, who moved to Liverpool from Chelsea in a £12m deal in January 2013, has scored one goal in three Premier League appearances this season.
Sturridge has scored 31 goals in 42 top-flight games for Brendan Rodgers’s side.