Sturridge could return as Agger confirms lay-off

Daniel Agger confirmed that he will be sidelined for the next four weeks but Daniel Sturridge could return against Stoke.

Liverpool’s Daniel Agger had told the Danish press that he is set to miss the next four weeks as he recovers from a calf injury.

The Dane told Jyllands-Posten

“I expect to be out for four weeks.”

“I’ve had some problems with the calf, and it was made worse, but now we have to see how bad things are. I find it hard to say how bad things are, but it does not seem to be wildly good.”

It has been suggested that Agger’s problems were exacerbated by playing three games in just seven days over the Christmas period after he was out of the side.

Agger was substituted during Liverpool’s FA Cup win over Oldham when he picked up the problem.

In good news, striker Daniel Sturridge is expected to be in the squad for Liverpool’s Premier League game on Sunday against Stoke.

The forward has set his sights on securing Champions League football for the side, telling the media

“It would be great to secure a return to the Champions League. It’s four seasons since Liverpool were last in it and that’s too long.

“It’s [this season’s Premier League] unique with so many new managers trying to impose different ideas on their teams. There have been some shock results and it’s a very interesting league right now.

“We had a good start and we want to build on that. Some say a lack of European football could help us and maybe that does give us a slight advantage in terms of freshness. I think it could benefit us in the long run and, God willing, we’ll be up there in May.

“On a personal level, I want to keep working hard and look to improve.  I’m not going to set myself any crazy targets.

“If I can keep developing my game and get a place at the World Cup, I’ll be delighted. That would be an amazing achievement. When you consider where I’ve come from since last January, it’d be brilliant to be on that plane to Brazil.”

Glen Johnson is also fit and expected to be included in the squad which travels to the Britannia.

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Lee Hurley

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