Liverpool hope Daniel Sturridge will be fit for the new season

Liverpool are optimistic Daniel Sturridge will be fit for the new season after picking up an ankle injury while on England duty

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Daniel Sturridge joined Liverpool from Chelsea in January Photo: Nike

Liverpool are optimistic Daniel Sturridge will be fit for the start of the 2013/14 Premier League campaign.

The 23-year-old was substituted in the first half of England’s 1-1 draw with the Republic of Ireland at Wembley last Friday.

Sturridge, who set up Frank Lampard’s 29th Three Lions goal, picked up the injury following a robust challenge from Stoke City midfielder Glenn Whelan.

It was feared the striker could be sidelined for the beginning of the new campaign but the 18-time English champions have played down fears surrounding the forward’s fitness.

A club statement read: “Liverpool Football Club hope to have striker Daniel Sturridge available for the beginning of the 2013-14 Barclays Premier League campaign.

“Sturridge’s ankle injury has been reviewed by a specialist.

“The 23-year-old picked up the problem while representing England against the Republic of Ireland last Wednesday and was withdrawn during the first half at Wembley.

“He suffered a high ankle sprain and Liverpool’s medical staff had to allow the swelling to
reduce before a final assessment was made.”

Sturridge has scored 11 goals in 16 top-flight appearances for Liverpool after completing a £12m switch from Chelsea in the January transfer window.

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