Rodgers delivers latest Liverpool injury update ahead of Chelsea clash

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers says Daniel Sturridge is set to be sidelined until September after hip operation

Brendan Rodgers has confirmed that Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge will be sidelined until September.

The 25-year-old striker was forced to undergo an operation on a hip injury earlier this week after an injury-plagued season.

Once he’s fully fit, we know what he can produce. If he’s at that level of fitness, he can be a key player for us

Brendan Rodgers

The England international, who has scored just four Premier League goals this season, began his rehabilitation on Thursday evening with a spin session.

Speaking at his media conference ahead of their clash against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, Rodgers revealed that Sturridge is set for a prolonged absence.

Rodgers said: “With Daniel, unfortunately for him and his career, it’s been ongoing in terms of injuries. He’s had a number of issues this season which aren’t related to the operation he’s had.

“We feel now, hopefully this can cure a lot of the problems he’s had and I’m sure he’ll work over the coming months to get back fit.

“Everyone has seen that when he is fit and playing, he’s an outstanding player. He has been a big miss to us this season, but let’s hope he can get back fit and help contribute for the club.

“Once he’s fully fit, we know what he can produce. If he’s at that level of fitness, he can be a key player for us.”

Sturridge has been forced to contend with a string of hip and hamstring injuries throughout the season.

The former Chelsea forward has made just 12 Premier League appearances for Liverpool in the current campaign.

The Reds striker scored 21 goals in 29 top-flight appearances last season as he helped the club launch a surprise title bid.

Sturridge moved to Liverpool in a £12m deal from Chelsea in January 2013.

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