Daniel Sturridge injury: Liverpool striker could miss five months after hip surgery - leaving him out until almost the end of October

Sturridge had surgery in New York on Thursday

Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge could be out until the end of October after undergoing hip surgery in New York on Thursday.

It's yet more bad news for the England striker who only managed to start seven Premier League games for the Reds this season after suffering a number of injuries and set-backs, including calf, thigh and hip problems.

The 25-year-old will now be sidelined for the start of next season as it has been revealed it will be another four months before he can even start full training.

With his pre-season now effectively starting in September, it will be around mid-to-late October before Sturridge is available for selection at Anfield.

The Liverpool medical team, however, do see the surgery as a success and believe it will be beneficial in the long run to the striker.

The surgeon who performed the procedure, Dr Bryan Kelly, reported to the club that the operation identified and addressed an issue that could be linked with the various muscle problems Sturridge has fallen to this season.

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Sturridge has started just seven Premier League games this season

"Just want to let the world know I've had a successful operation on my hip today and I want to thank God for allowing that to be possible," Sturridge posted on Instagram.

"Onwards and upwards from here. Thanks for the support. Daniel x"

Speaking at his press conference on Friday, Rodgers said: "We anticipate that Daniel will be back, hopefully to train around about September.

"Obviously it is long period of time out but we hope the problem and issues have been resolved with the operation.

"We hope he is available to train in September and then it is about getting his fitness in."

Rodgers was asked whether, with the time it would take for Sturridge to get back to proper match fitness, the chances were they were unlikely to see the best of the striker until November.

"It is not just about fitness but football fitness, and that takes a bit of time," he added.

"The important thing will be to let him recover, work hard in his rehab and we have great support form our owners in that he is able to go to the world's leading specialists in America.

"He will work very hard to get back fit and the sooner the better for us.

"He has been a big miss to us this season but let's hope he can get back fit and contribute to the club.

"Once he's fully fit we know what he can produce and if he is at that level of fitness he can certainly be a key player for us."

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