LONDON • Daniel Sturridge is expected to be back at Liverpool this weekend, after a successful rehabilitation process in the United States, and could even make his first-team comeback at Manchester United on Sept 12 in an English Premier League match.
The Liverpool striker underwent a hip operation in New York in May to resolve several long-standing injury problems that restricted the 25-year-old to only 18 games for the Reds last season.
He has spent the majority of his recovery period in Boston, under the auspices of the Red Sox's sports science and medical staff, who are also employed by Liverpool's owners, the Fenway Sports Group.
He has been assessed in Boston this week by Glen Driscoll and Chris Morgan, Liverpool's head of performance and head of physiotherapy respectively, and is due to travel back with the pair this weekend, having responded well to the operation and fitness programme.
Sturridge will be eased back into first-team training initially, with Liverpool reluctant to take any risks on a player who suffered two thigh injuries, a calf strain and a hip problem last season.
Still, he is expected to be in contention for a competitive return after three weeks' training, giving the striker a chance of featuring in the trip to Old Trafford.
THE GUARDIAN, REUTERS