Brendan Rodgers says Daniel Sturridge will not feature in Liverpool’s Europa League clash with FC Sion as he is still lacking fitness.
Sturridge made only his second appearance of the season at the weekend after being sidelined since April with a hip injury, and scored twice as Liverpool beat Aston Villa 3-2.
The England international has had a difficult career pertaining to injuries, and Rodgers and Liverpool have been warned that the striker must be protected on his comeback.
In his pre-match press conference ahead of Thursday’s clash, Rodgers revealed that Sturridge will play no part, but the Northern Irishman did add that he would have no qualms if England boss Roy Hodgson chose him for next months England internationals.
“Daniel won’t be involved in the game,” Rodger said. “We’ll keep him fresh for the weekend. He’s still building his way towards fitness.”
Rodgers says he would have no problem with Hodgson picking Sturridge for England’s October internationals.
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Rodgers also confirmed that young midfielder Jordan Rossiter will feature against the Swiss side.
“Our approach to this game will be how it’s been in the competition so far; it’s an opportunity for players on the fringes.
“It’s a game where we’re going to need to be patient. Sion sit deep and then play a counter attacking game.”