Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge hasn’t looked sharp, claims West Ham legend
Former West Ham man Tony Gayle urges Daniel Sturridge to take his time recovering from his latest injury
Daniel Sturridge should take his time recovering from his latest fitness setback after struggling to find match sharpness in recent months, according to Tony Gayle.
The Liverpool striker is reportedly facing up to a month on the sidelines after England manager Roy Hodgson confirmed that the 25-year-old had suffered a slight muscle tear.
Sturridge only made his return from a string of calf and thigh injuries that had kept him sidelined for a month in early February, scoring four goals in 14 games in all competitions.
Former West Ham defender Gayle reckons Sturridge can ill-afford to rush back into playing action too soon after his latest injury setback.
“It’s a shame for the boy actually because he’s chasing it,” Gayle told Sky Sports.
“You get one injury, you come back and you get compensatory injuries of that injury you had in the first place and you kind of chase it and chase the form you were in as well.
“Sharpness in a striker is such an important thing – that half a second thinking time – or that ability to press the button and accelerate away.
“Since he’s come back from the injury, he’s lost just that little bit of sharpness – still a very good player and he’ll be back again – but take your time, make sure you’re right and come back when you’re spot on I think.”
Sturridge made three appearances for the Reds at the start of the season before he picked up a calf injury in early September while on England duty.
The former Chelsea man made his return from a prolonged lay-off in February, but Sturridge has struggled to produce his clinical form from the 2013/14 campaign.