Liverpool head coach Jürgen Klopp has confirmed Daniel Sturridge is facing a spell on the sidelines after sustaining a hamstring strain against Newcastle United on Sunday.
Sturridge wasn’t part of the travelling Reds squad that left John Lennon airport for Switzerland on Wednesday afternoon ahead of the Europa League tie against FC Sion on Thursday.
Klopp in an interview with journalists at his pre-match press conference said:
“It’s a hamstring and it’s not easy to say when he can be back for us. There are two different things we have to look at – the one thing is the injury and the other is how we can bring him into a shape that is not so intensive for him, so he needs to train.
“The good thing with the muscle injury is that early [on] he can start to run and to train – not football but all the other things he needs. If you look at his history in the last months, and maybe the last year, it’s not a long time he’s been able to train.
“With all the games [we have], we have to find the specific point when it’s possible to bring him [on] for minutes and what makes most sense for his general shape.
“I can’t say at this moment what we will do exactly, but we’ll have to look at it. It’s not that serious, but it’s not possible to play. Now we have to build up his resistance. It is like it is. We have to help him be more resistant for all the games we have.” Klopp told the Reds’ official website.
It is the latest in a long line of injury absences for the 26-year-old, who scored 28 times for Liverpool and England in 2013-14 and had just returned to action after knee and foot problems.
Sturridge has made six appearances so far this season, scoring four goals. he was restricted to just 18 appearances last season because of thigh, calf and hip injuries.