Liverpool's bright start to the season was interrupted by another ill-timed international break, and it only gets worse from there--news out of the England camp indicates that Daniel Sturridge, who's struggled with injuries regularly throughout his career for both club and country, has picked up some sort of knock that will require further evaluation and treatment. Further information won't be available until later on in the day or weekend, but for now just wear that anger like a warm blanket:
Daniel Sturridge felt an injury in training this morning and will go for a scan this afternoon. He will then be assessed by England medics— England (@england) September 5, 2014
Sturridge played 89 minutes for England in their 1-0 win over Norway on Wednesday night, linking up well with Raheem Sterling but otherwise struggling to do much of note. To have played that much after 90 minutes on Sunday against Spurs was worrying, but it's unfortunately been a pattern in Roy Hodgson's England setup. Incompetence in-game, incompetence out-of-game, Hodgson's got it all, and on Wednesday that meant nearly 270 combined minutes for Liverpool's three starters.
It makes the signing of Mario Balotelli in the final week of the transfer window that much more important, of course, as Liverpool could be facing an immediate future without the man that was set to lead the way forward without Luis Suarez. Hopefully that doesn't extend too long, however, as Sturridge's early season form for Liverpool has been excellent, and while Balotelli got himself up to speed quickly against Spurs, they'll need Sturridge around for a busy post-international break period that will see them feature in three different competitions in a span of two weeks.