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Sturridge faces lengthy layoff

Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge could be
sidelined until at least September as he battles
back from a hip operation, club manager Brendan
Rodgers said, AFP reports.
The 25-year-old England international went under
the knife in New York on Tuesday in a bid to cure
a number of related problems with his thigh and
calf which have seen him make just eight Premier
League starts this season.
“We anticipate that Daniel will be back, hopefully
to train around about September,” Rodgers said.
“Obviously it is long period of time out but we
hope the problem and issues have been resolved
with the operation.
“We hope he is available to train in September
and then it is about getting his fitness in.”
Rodgers was asked whether, with the time it
would take for Sturridge to get back to proper
match fitness, the chances were they were
unlikely to see the best of the striker until
November.
“It is not just about fitness but football fitness,
and that takes a bit of time,” he added.

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