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Huge blow for Liverpool as Sturridge out long-term with ligament damage (video)

Dec 1, 2013, 9:10 AM EDT

Danny Sturridge is the Premier League Player of the Month for February for his performances for Liverpool. Getty Images

With Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge building a formidable partnership at the front of second-place Liverpool’s attack, one will have to do the work on his own for the forseeable future.

Manager Brendan Rodgers confirmed Sturridge suffered a strain of a foot or ankle ligament and will miss six to eight weeks with the injury.

Sturridge suffered the injury in training Friday.  Rodgers said they originally thought it was a toe injury until further testing showed the ligament damage.

The Liverpool boss called it a “big blow,” a sentiment not many would argue.

Sturridge performed admirably in the beginning of the season during Suarez’s suspension, bagging four goals in his partner’s absence.  His form didn’t slow once Suarez returned, and the two have played off each other well.

The 24-year-old has scored five goals since the Uruguayan’s return, giving him nine overall this year.  He’s also teed up Suarez twice on assists.

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