Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge has confirmed he has had successful hip surgery and is hoping to be fit in time for next season.
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The England international took to Instagram to confirm the news with a post thanking fans for their support, from his hospital bed in a New York hospital.
Sturridge has been hampered by numerous injuries this season including thigh and groin problems as well as this hip problem, picked up originally in the 2-1 defeat to Manchester United in March.
That’s seen him restricted to just seven Premier League starts this season, scoring four goals in 750 minutes of action.
Brendan Rodgers talked up the possibility of surgery to rectify the problem last week saying the club would employ the help of experts provided by baseball side Boston Red Sox, another sports franchise under the control of Liverpool’s owners.
“We have to do everything we can to get him on the training field and into the game, hence the reason for looking into the issue,” Rodgers said, according to Mirror Online.
It means Liverpool will have to fight for an unlikely top-four finish in the last three games of the season without their key striker.
Fifth placed Liverpool are four points behind local rivals Manchester United in fourth.