LONDON (Reuters) – Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge is set for a January return, according to manager Brendan Rodgers, who hinted he was unlikely to dip into the transfer market to solve the club’s current striker issues.
Sturridge last played for Liverpool in August after suffering a thigh injury on international duty with England and his absence has been keenly felt as the Merseysiders have struggled for goals and consistency in a disappointing start to the season.
With close-season signing Mario Balotelli failing to score a Premier League goal and Rickie Lambert, another summer arrival, struggling to cement a place in the side, Sturridge’s return to action cannot come soon enough for last season’s runners-up.
“He’s coming back into the country in early January to finalise his rehab here,” Rodgers told reporters on Wednesday.
“Hopefully at some point in January – the middle to end – he’ll be available to play.”
Rodgers has drafted Raheem Sterling into a makeshift centre forward role in recent weeks in an effort to replicate last season’s scintillating attacking play, but he said he does not expect any new arrivals in January.