While he’s certainly still a ways off from making a first team appearance, Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge is reportedly ahead of schedule in his bid to make up for lost time after undergoing hip surgery in the United States at the end of last season.
Sitting out almost the entire campaign with various muscle ailments, the 25-year old went under the knife in an attempt to put a stop to his persistent injury woes and has been undergoing intensive rehabilitation throughout the summer to make sure he’s back in tip-top shape before too long. Sturridge has done a pretty good job of keeping us up to date through social media, but his latest video is the most promising yet and makes claims that he could be back in action early next month seem almost plausible.
Video courtesy of Daniel Sturridge
Although it may just be simple drills that the Reds striker is running through, the the fact that he’s moving quite freely and still has an eye for goal is encouraging to say the least. Nothing has been confirmed by the club yet, but rumour has it that they’re targeting a return date of September 12th for him — when Liverpool will square off with bitter rivals Manchester United at Old Trafford.
Whether or not that’s a wholly obtainable goal remains to be seen, but Liverpool head of performance Glen Driscoll and physio Chris Morgan will visit him in the States this weekend to check on his progress first hand. Whenever he is back, Sturridge is sure to face competition for a spot in the starting eleven with Christian Benteke, who arrived in a big money move from Aston Villa last month, expected to give him a run for his place at the top of the Anfield pecking order.