Former Liverpool and Chelsea star Daniel Sturridge has had a rough time with injury and a move to Australia is said to represent a fresh start but it is not the plan for the striker.
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By Daniel Sturridge A comeback was put on hold after his Perth Glory coach revealed he was unable to overcome his injury problems.
It’s another hit for the once-lighted striker Premier League with his amazing performance.
After being unpopular at Liverpool Under Jurgen Klopp, Sturridge has struggled with game time while he has spent a number of years in and out of the gym.
In October last year, the striker signed with Perth Glory after more than a year off to start his career.
But it hasn’t gone as planned on the pitch, where he’s only made five appearances – all coming on from the bench – and is yet to score.
And his comeback continues to worsen after another injury that threatens to prolong his footballing career.
Sturridge was sent off clutching his groin after Glory’s loss to Macarthur, just minutes before he had a great chance to open an account for his new club.
While the problem was attributed to a rushed warm-up, Perth manager Richard Garcia admitted he was running out of opportunities for the former England international.
“I kept trying to get him back and he kept falling apart,” he said.
“We have to catch it and find out where he is. He keeps going to certain stages…we’ll have to wait and see how this plays out. Hopefully it’s nothing.”
Back in October, Glory owner Tony Sage hailed Sturridge’s arrival as one of the biggest transfers in A-League history.
But the 32-year-old has struggled in game time for a number of reasons, including three separate quarantines following his move to Australia.
Injuries also played a part in them, and the most recent game saw him off the bench just 18 minutes after his guest appearance on Wednesday.
With Glory losing 0-1 after the old match Chelsea ace Ulises Davila scored earlier, Sturridge had a great opportunity to bring back his club level.
In front of goal, however, his shot was dragged wide and he left the field shortly after as Garcia blamed a rushed warm-up at half-time for his injury.
“We put him on the pitch after a half-time break, and then he did it so quickly that there was probably not enough time to warm up,” Garcia said.
“He is disappointed. We must consider it. Hopefully, it’s not as bad as it feels. He’s a pretty strong guy.
“He has had these injuries before. It’s just about him coming back from it. ”
It remains to be seen how long the former Liverpool star will be sidelined but it is not looking for a player who has faced these problems for years now.
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