Striker Daniel Sturridge is on a career path that would alarm any sports fan -- young player wins over supporters with brilliant performances, player suffers from a collection of injuries in a short period of time, player is never the same afterwards. It's something that Liverpool fans experienced first-hand with Fernando Torres. And while Sturridge has time to veer off of the troubled injury road, his current problems are real cause for concern.
The latest Sturridge update is that he is likely to miss Sunday's FA Cup semi-final against Aston Villa with a hip injury, according to a report from the Mirror. He hasn't trained this week, and unless he can make a miraculous return to fitness in the next two days Liverpool will be without an essential player for one of the most important matches of the season.
If he misses the game it is likely that Raheem Sterling will start at striker, although Brendan Rodgers chose to use attacking midfielder Philippe Coutinho as a false nine in the team's last match against Newcastle.
Liverpool fans have to hope that Sturridge can get himself back to 100% and stay that way for a while, even if that means missing some time in the short-term. He's too valuable of a player for the club to take any risks.