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Sturridge Eyes Possible Return Against West Ham

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Sturridge passed up the trip to Barcelona in order to stay behind for treatment in an attempt to regain match fitness.

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For us Daniel Sturridge connoisseurs out there, reading “minor calf issue” was akin to reading “Daniel Sturridge loses both feet in Alberto Moreno hooverboard mishap.” But perhaps—just this once—Sturridge’s “minor” injury may just be that.

The Echo are reporting that the England international has been receiving treatment at Melwood, opting to stay behind in a bid to get fit in time for West Ham instead of enjoying the Spanish sun in Barcelona with the rest of the squad.

Sturridge’s injury has kept him out of the match day squad for 3 games on the bounce—three games in which the Reds have only managed to secure 4 of the possible 9 points available. Although it’s likely that his presence would not have prevented the collapse at Bournemouth, perhaps it would have helped bolster a stagnant second-half attacking performance from Liverpool.

Even if Sturridge is not fit enough to make the match day squad on Sunday, it sounds like he’s making progress. Hopefully that is the case, and this is not another one of his lengthy series of niggling injuries that keeps him out for months. He might not be our first choice striker these days, but he is still our second choice striker, and a very dangerous one to bring off the bench at that.