13 Feb, 12:30
Daniel Sturridge is set to be sidelined for at least two weeks after suffering an injury during West Brom’s 3-0 defeat to Chelsea.
The England international who is on loan from Liverpool was forced off in the third minute as his poor injury record struck again. Sturridge was hoping to get a good run in the first-team after struggling for game at Anfield but looks like it will be hard for him to get a place in Gareth Southgate’s 23-man squad for World Cup. The latest injury will make it tough for the forward to convince his manager about his fitness to travel to Russia.
The 28 year old, who was making his second start for the Baggies, went down after pressure from Cesar Azpilicueta and was unable to continue and his place was take by Jay Rodriguez. His boss Alan Pardew admitted that Sturridge was distraught after his latest setback and hoping he will be able to return to action after two weeks.
“We are hoping it is not that bad. It happened very early in the game, but we don't think it is a tear. It seems to be a strain, which will probably keep him out of the FA Cup game. Hopefully, fingers crossed, in a couple of weeks he'll be okay," Pardew said after their 3-0 loss at Stamford Bridge.
Sturridge has struggled with numerous injury problems in recent years and has struggled to play regularly for both club and country. He has started just 25 Premier League games in the last two and a half seasons including the current one.