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Rodgers Confirms Sturridge Injury Not Serious

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Despite concerns raised by the striker's talk of an injury setback, Brendan Rodgers insists Daniel Sturridge's hamstring injury is minor and that the player won't be out for long.

Alex Livesey

When Daniel Sturridge talked about having been given a setback by his latest injury, Liverpool fans couldn't help but fear the worst—that the striker could miss the remainder of the season. Not so, says Brendan Rodgers, with the manager updating the status of Sturridge and setting the terms of his setback to "minor" or "not much of one."

"It's not too serious and won't keep him out for too many weeks, but he may be out for the weekend," said Rodgers. "We'll assess it more over the next couple of days, but that's how we're looking at it at the moment. He may well make a real good recovery over the next few days and be ready for the weekend.

"At this moment in time we're just assessing him and seeing how he goes because he does recover very quickly. Before the first game of the season, he'd only played 45 minutes of football before he played and scored the winner. It's certainly not as serious as what sometimes a hamstring injury can be."

If Sturridge isn't ready to go for Sunday, Luis Suarez will have to pick up the scoring slack—and having scored 11 goals in four appearances against Norwich, he'll be a solid bet to do just that.