• Premier League

Injured Sturridge a doubt for England

ESPN staff
February 3, 2013

Liverpool forward Daniel Sturridge is a doubt for England's midweek friendly against Brazil after tweaking his hamstring on Sunday.

Sturridge scored his side's first goal as the Reds drew 2-2 with Manchester City in the Premier League at the weekend, but was substituted late on - and subsequently complain of a hamstring problem.

The injury could force Sturridge to miss the Wembley meeting with Brazil - leaving Roy Hodgson somewhat short of attacking options, after Jermain Defoe was earlier forced to withdraw himself from the match.

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers said: "He [Sturridge] got a knock just before half-time on his thigh and he wanted to give it a go in the second half. I think he will be a doubt for the game on Wednesday, which is unfortunate because he was terrific today.

"His hold-up play, movement and pace was a real threat, and combination with Luis Suarez, Stewart Downing and Jordan Henderson up front was outstanding. He is just with the medics at the moment and he will have a chat with our doctors and he will speak with the England set-up.

"They might want to have a look at it but at the moment he is obviously struggling.''

Sturridge does not expect the issue to affect his club availability, however.

"I did it in the first half and throughout the game I couldn't sprint," he explained to Sky Sports. "After I did it, I couldn't really open up properly. Hopefully it's not too serious and I'll be okay for next week's game."

If Sturridge does miss the Brazil game, he will join Michael Carrick on the sidelines - after the Manchester United midfielder was forced to withdraw from the squad with a hip injury.

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