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Sturridge Returns to England, Could Be Fit for Manchester United Match

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After months spent across the pond rehabilitating in the United States, Daniel Sturridge is finally returning home.

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Thanks to the high profile departure of Raheem Sterling and the controversial selection of Christian Benteke as a top transfer target, Liverpool's attack has dominated the club's headlines this summer. Both stories provided a distraction from a different attacker's narrative, that of poor Daniel Sturridge who has been rehabbing in the United States since May and was in danger of becoming a forgotten man.

Sturridge's time across the pond is coming to an end, though, as the England man showed off some skills and shared some thoughts via Instagram about his pending departure back home.

Sturridge is still a few weeks away from being match fit and available for Brendan Rodgers' team selection, but it's been suggested that he could be ready to go as soon as the first match back after the September international break. Coincidentally, this is the much anticipated away match against arch rivals Manchester United. It's a match in which most Liverpool fans would love to include a fit and ready Sturridge, but there's a sense of trepidation over potentially rushing Sturridge back too early for one important match amongst many in a string of high profile away games early in the season.

With Sturridge's injury history, it's a very real fear since the striker has re-injured himself in the past after returning to full training post-rehab. Originally slated to return in October when the extent of his hip injury first became known, the mid-September date could very well be perfectly on target rather than early depending on how Sturridge's rehab has progressed. It will be up to Brendan Rodgers to determine whether he will want to take that risk or will prefer to stick with Christian Benteke as a sole striker for the Reds' visit to Old Trafford.