The often injured striker missed the Premier League clash against Newcastle on Monday after feeling the effects of a knock suffered against Blackburn last week. Asked about the fitness of the England striker prior to the Newcastle game, manager Brendan Rodgers told Sky Sports:
“He got injured at Blackburn and [is] unavailable fitness-wise for tonight.
“We will see how he goes the rest of the week for the semifinal at the weekend.”
After Monday’s victory, Rodgers expressed that Sturridge
“will hopefully be OK for the weekend.”
“I will know more in the week,” Rodgers said of his striker’s injury. “He feels reasonably fine so we are hoping by the middle of the week we will have an indication where he is at.”
Sturridge has missed a big part of the season, appearing in only 17 games. But an inability to stay fit has dogged Sturridge for most of his career. Since breaking into the first team at Man City in 2006-07, Sturridge has managed to play 30 games or more only twice. In his two and and a half seasons on Merseyside, Sturridge has managed only 66 appearances for Liverpool, a little more than 26 a season.