Liverpool, England (SportsNetwork.com) - Liverpool forward Daniel Sturridge has suffered another setback in his quest to return from injury as the England international injured his thigh in training and will miss up to six more weeks of action.
Sturridge, 25, was to be counted on by manager Brendan Rodgers to be the leading offensive force this season in the absence of Luis Suarez, who was sold to Barcelona, but Sturridge's season has been marred by injury.
The initial injury bug struck back in August while on international duty when he suffered a thigh strain in training. He appeared to be on track to return to the Liverpool starting 11 in October, but was sidelined by a calf problem.
He appeared ready to return from the calf issue and play for Liverpool when the Reds travel to Selhurst Park to face Crystal Palace this weekend, but Rodgers could again be without his main scoring threat as scans on Wednesday revealed a new thigh issue.
"Liverpool Football Club today confirmed scans have revealed Daniel Sturridge has sustained a new thigh injury," said a statement from the club. "The player will remain unavailable for selection but will be monitored and assessed during his recovery."
The former Chelsea and Manchester City man has played in just three Premier League matches this term.
Liverpool have won just four of 14 matches across all competitions this season and the club finds itself in 11th place in the Premier League.