Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has revealed that it will be weeks before star striker Daniel Sturridge is able to start games on a regular basis, according to the Daily Star.
The Reds attacker managed to play his first game since being injured on international duty back in September, and grabbed a goal to help his team to a 2-0 win over West Ham United.
Sturridge came off the bench to latch on to a superb Philippe Coutinho assist, adding to Raheem Sterling’s earlier strike.
The goal on his comeback is a good sign for the England ace, but his manager Brendan Rodgers claims that he will not start Sturridge until he is fully fit, deploying him as an impact substitute instead.
“He’s still a bit of time off starting,” Rodgers said.
“You saw when he came on he was still getting used to the surroundings again in the 25 minutes or so he had on the pitch so it’s just about bedding him back in.
“But to know that he’s there over the next few weeks when it will be about regaining his football fitness and until he’s ready to start he’s going to be a great asset for us off the bench.”
The victory over the weekend sends Liverpool up to seventh in the league, after winning five out of their last six games.
Liverpool will look to continue their good form next weekend when they travel to Goodison Park to face Everton in a much-anticipated Meryseyside Derby.