Raheem Sterling could miss the rest of the season due to an ongoing thigh problem, Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has revealed.
Sterling established himself as a first-team regular earlier in the season but has been used sparingly of late.
Rodgers has confirmed the 18-year-old is struggling with a thigh problem and the Reds boss is prepared to rest Sterling for the remainder of the campaign, despite the fact Liverpool remain in the hunt for a European spot.
Rodgers said: “Raheem has an ongoing problem with a small tear at the top of his thigh.
“It has worsened and is something that, if he plays, could end up bigger and creating problems as he gets older.
“So we’ve a duty to the boy not to store up a problem for later.
“We felt it would be best to give him a two-week breather from the training to protect the injury. If he needs to rest until the end of the season, then that’ll happen.”
If Sterling does miss the rest of the season he may also miss out on a place in the England squad for this summer’s European Under-21 Championship.
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