Daniel Sturridge spent approximately forever injured, suffering from maladies both predictable and varied. When he returned in February and more or less found a way to stay healthy and more or less stay in Jürgen Klopp's side, many wondered when the other shoe would drop. That sound you hear? That's the sound of the other shoe dropping.
Sturridge is currently on international duty with a handful of his fellow Reds, vying for a place in Roy Hodgson's England squad ahead of next month's Euro Championships. Sturridge missed England's friendly against Turkey on the weekend, and then missed Wednesday's training session after the results of a scan on his calf injury proved worrisome. There is no word yet whether his absence is precautionary or serious, but as of now he is doubtful for England's tie against Australia on Friday.
Friday's match is Hodgson's last opportunity to assess his squad before paring it down to the twenty-three man team he'll submit for official inclusion at the Euros. Sturridge's quality is never in doubt, but with Hodgson making all sorts of, um, interesting choices with his forwards, Sturridge's knock might just help the Hodge make his decision for him.
Sturridge would, of course, be completely gutted to miss Euro. Liverpool fans, on the other hand, might welcome a summer off and a proper long pre-season for him should he get axed from Hodgson's team. In either case, that Sturridge got injured again while on England duty probably has less to do with Hodgson and more to do with Sturridge being more broken than plates at a Greek wedding. But if it makes it easier to deal with, definitely blame Roy.