Liverpool have been dealt a fresh injury set-back with Daniel Sturridge set to miss another two to four weeks of action with a calf injury.
The Reds forward was set to return from a month on the sidelines for Sunday’s clash with rock-bottom QPR, however he could now miss the Merseysiders’ next seven games – including the upcoming Champions League clash with Real Madrid.
Sturridge had just recovered from thigh strain picked up while away with England at the turn of September – which caused great controversy and a public row between Brendan Rodgers and Roy Hodgson.
Liverpool struggled without their main striker, suffering defeat at West Ham as well as a home loss to Aston Villa along the way, and their boss has confessed that the news is a major blow:
“He’s looking at being out for two to four weeks,” he told the Liverpool Echo.
“It’s a big blow as we were looking forward to welcoming Daniel back. He has worked tirelessly.
“But we have other players training hard and working hard and we will turn to them. It’s why we bulked up the squad in the summer.”
Mario Balotelli is expected to return as the focal point of the Liverpool attack for the QPR tie after being dropped to the bench last time out against West Brom.