Rodgers delivers latest Liverpool injury update ahead of Bolton clash
Brendan Rodgers delivers update on Daniel Sturridge's fitness
Brendan Rodgers says Daniel Sturridge won’t be ready to start against Bolton Wanderers in the FA Cup on Wednesday night.
The 25-year-old scored within 13 minutes of being introduced as a second-half substitute in Liverpool’s 2-0 victory over West Ham United at Anfield on Saturday.
However, Rodgers warned Reds fans that Sturridge wasn’t ready to start games despite his morale-boosting strike, promising to use the forward as an impact substitute.
“He’s still a bit of time off starting,” Rodgers told Daily Star.
“You saw when he came on he was still getting used to the surroundings again in the 25 minutes or so he had on the pitch so it’s just about bedding him back in.
“But to know that he’s there over the next few weeks when it will be about regaining his football fitness and until he’s ready to start he’s going to be a great asset for us off the bench.”
Sturridge, who moved to Anfield from Chelsea in 2013, made his first Liverpool appearance since a 3-0 victory over Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane in August.
The England international has scored two goals in four Premier League games during an injury-hit campaign.
The Manchester City Chelsea man has contended with a string of calf and thigh injuries over the past five months.
Liverpool face Sturridge’s former club Bolton at the Reebok Stadium in their FA Cup fourth-round replay on Wednesday night.