By Alex Stevens
Daniel Sturridge is doubtful for Liverpool’s League Cup clash against Leeds on Tuesday, according to a report.
The England international was absent from his side’s 2-0 Premier League win over Sunderland on Saturday due to a calf injury.
The Times now claim that Sturridge did not train on Sunday and “he looks a doubt for the visit of Leeds to Anfield”.
The timing of Sturridge’s injury is a particular concern after Philippe Coutinho was stretchered off on Saturday with his leg in a brace amid fears he has sustained ankle ligament damage.
The Times report that Coutinho will have a scan on his ankle on Monday to assess the extent of his injury and and how long he will be facing on the sidelines.
The influential playmaker was replaced by Divock Origi against Sunderland and the 21-year-old responded with a superbly taken opening goal in the 2-0 win.
Sturridge would have been more likely to have replaced Coutinho had he been fit but his injury meant he missed the opportunity to open his league account in what has been a hugely frustrating season for the 27-year-old.
The former Chelsea and Manchester City attacker has not scored in nine Premier League matches, four of which he has started.
However, Sturridge demonstrated his clinical touch with doubles in two of Liverpool’s League Cup ties, against Tottenham and Burton.
His potential absence against Leeds will be a blow to manager Jurgen Klopp, who would have been expected to start the striker against the Championship side.
In other Liverpool news, the club are braced for a £40million January bid.