Liverpool hopeful of Daniel Sturridge's fitness for August after ankle scan
Liverpool are hopeful Daniel Sturridge will be fit for the start of the season after suffering an ankle injury.
Last Updated: 06/06/13 3:52pm
Sturridge, 23, limped out of the 1-1 draw with the Republic of Ireland, with fears he had suffered ligament damage which would sideline him for up to four months.
Liverpool's medical staff had to wait for the swelling to subside before assessing the damage, but after seeing a specialist he has been diagnosed with an ankle sprain.
"Liverpool Football Club hope to have striker Daniel Sturridge available for the beginning of the 2013-14 Barclays Premier League campaign," said a statement on the club's official website.
"Sturridge's ankle injury has been reviewed by a specialist.
"He suffered a high ankle sprain and Liverpool's medical staff had to allow the swelling to reduce before a final assessment was made."
Sturridge's absence would be keenly felt at Anfield. He scored 11 goals in 16 appearances following his £12m January move from Chelsea and want-away striker Luis Suarez is banned for the first six games of next season.