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Sturridge recently returned following a five-month period on the sidelines due to a problem with his thigh and calfReuters

Liverpool have been dealt a big blow following the news of their striker Daniel Sturridge again getting sidelined for a month due to a hip injury.

The 25-year-old striker, who recently returned from injury after spending five months on the sidelines with a thigh and a calf problem, was ruled out of England's upcoming international fixtures with a hip injury.

Although initially the hip problem was believed to be a very minor one, England boss Roy Hodgson confirmed that latest scans have revealed that the injury is quite serious, with Sturridge suffering a tear in his hip muscle following Liverpool's Premier League defeat against Manchester United on Sunday.

"I'm a little bit disappointed for Daniel Sturridge, because when he came to us he didn't really feel that the slight problem he felt was really any problem at all," Hodgson told the Daily Mail.

"When we did the scan and it turned out that there was a problem he was absolutely devastated, because he didn't want to leave us. There was no option because he has a slight tear and you can't play through that."

This injury means that Sturridge will be ruled out for almost a month, keeping him out during the Reds clash against Arsenal, Blackburn Rovers (FA Cup quarter-final replay), Newcastle, Hull City and West Bromwich Albion.

This will certainly be a big blow for Liverpool, who will also be without captain Steven Gerrard and centre-back Martin Skrtel for the next three fixtures.

While Gerrard was shown a straight red card by the referee for stamping on Ander Herrara during the Reds Premier League clash against Manchester United on Sunday, Skrtel was also handed a three-match ban by the FA for his stamp on Red Devils' David De Gea during the same match.

Apart from that, Liverpool are also sweating on the fitness of Raheem Sterling and Adam Lallana, who also picked up knocks against United on Sunday.