First published: 8th December, 2015, 10:30 PM
By North-west correspondent Alex Stevens
Daniel Sturridge will be sidelined for at least three weeks after suffering a hamstring injury at the weekend, Football Insider sources understands.
The injury-prone striker felt a twinge in his hamstring shortly after being sent on as a 62nd minute substitute in Sunday’s 2-0 defeat at Newcastle.
A Liverpool source has told Football Insider that results of a scan on the muscle revealed on Tuesday that Sturridge has a hamstring strain and he will be ruled out until after Christmas.
The 26-year-old was immediately pulled out of the Liverpool squad who will fly out to Switzerland on Wednesday for Thursday’s Europa league clash with Sion. He is also expected to miss the Premier League clashes against West Brom on 13 December and Watford on 20 December.
This is the latest cruel chapter in what has been a seemingly never-ending series of injuries sustained by Sturridge, who missed most of last season with a combination of calf, thigh, and hip problems.
He underwent hip surgery before the season began, and then suffered foot and knee injuries that delayed his first start under Jurgen Klopp until the League Cup trip to Southampton at the start of the month.
Sturridge underlined his value to the team by scoring two magnificent goals as Liverpool powered to a 6-1 victory.
He was subsequently dropped to the bench for the Newcastle game because Klopp wanted to minimise the risk of further injuries.