Jun 3, 2013, 3:06 PM EDT
The nightmare summer continues for Liverpool as Daniel Sturridge has been ruled out for up to four months after suffering an ankle injury in England’s 1-1 draw with the Republic of Ireland last week.
Sturridge suffered the injury during the first half of the match and was replaced in the 33rd minute by Jermain Defoe. Sturridge has since undergone scans that revealed ankle ligament damage, an injury that typically takes anywhere from three to four months to overcome.
Since arriving at Anfield from Chelsea in the January transfer window, Sturridge provided Liverpool with a goal scoring option to compliment Luis Suarez. Sturridge managed an impressive 11 goals in 16 appearances following his $18.4 million (£12m) move, prompting many to believe that the England striker could provide cover for Suarez this fall when he serves the remaining six matches of his ban for biting Branislav Ivanovic.
The loss of Sturridge and Suarez – who has announced his intent to leave Liverpool in favor of a move to Real Madrid – leaves Brendan Rodgers’ team incredibly thin up top. Looking ahead to the start of the season only the oft-injured Fabio Borini and new-boy Iago Aspas, who signed from Celta Vigo on a $11.8 million (£7.7m) deal last week, are available for selection.
Normally, Liverpool could include Andy Carroll in that group but the big man went down with a heel injury during his final match of the season while on loan at West Ham and he too faces four months on the trainer’s table.
. Liverpool have not yet placed a time frame on Sturridge’s recovery but there are concerns he will be out for between three and four months, meaning it could be September before the England international is available.
Rodgers expects to add to his striking options this week by completing a €9m (£7.7m) deal for Iago Aspas, who helped Celta Vigo earn a final-day reprieve from relegation from La Liga with victory over Espanyol on Saturday, but the news on Sturridge and Suárez’s discontent represent a serious setback for the Liverpool manager.
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