Daniel Sturridge nears a return for Liverpool after lay-off

Monday 26 Jan 2015
England international Sturridge nears return to action
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers says Daniel Sturridge may make his long-awaited return from injury on Tuesday against Chelsea in the Capital One Cup semi-final second leg.

The England international striker returned to training on Sunday, with the 25-year-old joining his team-mates for the first time at Melwood since completing his rehabilitation programme in the United States.

The forward has been included in the provisional squad for the clash with the Blues at Stamford Bridge tomorrow, but Rodgers insists he will take a cautious approach when deciding whether to throw the 25-year-old straight back into the mix.

"He had a training session with the team yesterday and he trained very, very well,” Rodgers said at his pre-match press conference.

Sturridge trained with the squad on Sunday

Sturridge trained with the squad on Sunday

“It was as comfortable as he's looked, even when he was coming back before - he was maybe a little bit tentative. I thought yesterday he looked back to normal.”

He added: "We won't risk it, that's for sure. He's been out for a long time, so we just need to make sure he is ready and feels ready, which is important, to come and contribute.

"I don't think he'll be 100 per cent when he comes back, that will only come when he's got his game time once he gets playing games.

"All we can do, alongside him, is make sure he is in the best possible condition that he can be, both physically and mentally, and that will give him a chance to stay fit."

The scores are level between the Reds and Chelsea after Raheem Sterling’s second half equaliser earned the Merseyside club a 1-1 draw in last week’s first leg.

By FA Staff