Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has denied the chance for Daniel Sturridge to make a swift comeback given his recent injury problems, Express reports.
The 26-year-old was expected to be out of action until mid January after picking up a muscle injury in the 2-0 defeat to Newcastle United earlier this month.
Despite his predicted lengthy spell on the sidelines, the striker revealed via social media that he was back in training and ready to feature for his side.
However, Klopp has come out to play down his chances in order to avoid any more unnecessary injuries to his star attacker.
“This is absolutely the same thing that Daniel said four weeks ago, and we let him play and he was injured again,” he said.
“No. We really, really have to be patient now. We have to wait. We have to train. We have to give the body the right information, and if he can do this, then maybe we can change something.”
Sturridge only managed to register five Premier League appearances and a further one League Cup start so far this term, scoring four goals in the process.
He is also in line to feature for England manager Roy Hodgson in the upcoming European Championships next year, but will need to prove his fitness before the end of the current campaign.