Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge has reportedly torn his muscle and could be sidelined for up to four weeks, according to media reports in the UK.
Sturridge, 25, withdrew from the England squad on Monday, owing to a muscle tear in his hip suffered during Liverpool’s 2-1 Premier League defeat by Manchester United on Sunday.
England manager Roy Hodgson had said the former Manchester City and Chelsea striker was “devastated” and “didn’t want to leave after scans showed the extent of the injury.
His absence will amount to a major selection headache for Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers, who is already with the suspended duo of Steven Gerrard and Martin Skrtel, with 8 matches left to the end of the English top-flight season. Youngster Raheem Sterling and Adam Lallana are also nursing injuries.
If the one-month injury layoff is confirmed, Sturridge could miss Liverpool’s league games against Arsenal and Newcastle United, either side of an FA Cup quarter-final replay at Blackburn Rovers and a potential semi-final against Aston Villa or the visit to Hull City.
Liverpool were without Sturridge for five months from the end of August because of successive back and calf injuries.