Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has confirmed that Daniel Sturridge will be missing the start of the 2015/16 campaign due to him needing time to recover, following his hip surgery.
The 25-year-old striker recently underwent a successful surgery after Dr Peter Asnis, the medical expert of the MLB side Boston Red Sox (also owned by Liverpool owners Fenway Sports Group), advised him to undergo surgery to rectify the tear in his hip muscle he sustained during Liverpool's Premier League defeat to Manchester United at Anfield on 22 March.
And now Rodgers revealed that the striker will be needing some time to recover and he is only expected to make a comeback around September.
"We anticipate Daniel [Sturridge] will be back training around September time and we are hopeful the issues he's had have been resolved," said the former Swansea boss in his pre-match press-conference ahead of Liverpool's clash with Chelsea on Sunday.
Sturridge, who completed a £12 million switch from Chelsea to Liverpool in January 2013 after failing to establish himself as a regular starter at Stamford Bridge. He was initially very impressive at Anfield, scoring 10 Premier League goals from 14 appearances in 2012/13 and 21 goals from 29 appearances in 2013/14.
However, the 25-year-old has been unable to make any impact this season due to persistent injuries.
At first the former Manchester City striker was ruled out for a period of three weeks, following a thigh strain he sustained while on international duty in September.
He was ruled out for a further three weeks after he suffered another setback in the form of a calf injury just as he was about to make his comeback in October.
Sturridge suffered a third setback in November as he was sidelined until the end of January after suffering from a tear in his thigh muscle.
The striker finally returned in late January after spending almost five months on the sidelines, but his injury problems persisted as he picked up a fresh injury – a tear in his hip muscle – on 22 March.
Now Liverpool are confident that Sturridge's injury problems have been rectified, following the successful surgery on his hip and he will no longer be facing fitness issues in the future.