With doubt over the future of Luis Suarez (other than that he'll miss the first six matches of the season) and uncertainty as to how Fabio Borini or new forward Iago Aspas will do as the centerpiece of Liverpool's attack, the injury to Daniel Sturridge was a significant blow to hopes of starting the season on the front foot. Those worries should hopefully be assuaged today, with the club announcing that the injury has been sufficiently reviewed and, if rehab goes according to plan, should not get in the way of the striker's availability for the start of the 2013-2014 season.
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The 23-year-old picked up the problem while representing England against the Republic of Ireland last Wednesday and was withdrawn during the first half at Wembley.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.
That's not nearly definitive enough to give the all-clear sign, but it's certainly less distressing than rumors of ligament damage that could have kept him out well into the season. For a player who's injury history isn't exactly stellar there's no telling how the recovery process will go, and as with other players who've had struggles in the past, you'd expect the club to be developing a plan specific to Sturridge's needs ahead of his first full season in a Liverpool shirt.
For now, though, rest and recuperation are all that we can hope for. That, and for Stoke and all their players to be exiled to a remote island in the East Siberian Sea.