Injury-plagued Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge is facing yet another spell on the sidelines after suffering a hamstring strain.
The 26-year-old has only just returned from a knee injury which delayed his availability for Jurgen Klopp, who took over at Anfield in October.
Sturridge has made just three appearances for the German and the last of those, as a 62nd-minute substitute in the 2-0 defeat at Newcastle United on Sunday, caused a muscle injury, as is often the case when players return from long-term lay-offs.
Sturridge complained of a hamstring issue at St James’ Park and on Tuesday underwent a scan which revealed a strain, likely ruling him out for a maximum of three weeks. It has been speculated that the England international could miss as many as seven games, but more likely return dates with an injury of this type are at Sunderland on December 30 or West Ham on January 2.
This latest setback could see the Sturridge miss the busy festive period and leave Klopp with Christian Benteke and Divock Origi as his strike options, as Danny Ings is likely to miss the entire season with a knee ligament injury.
Sturridge missed most of the previous campaign with thigh and calf injuries which ultimately led to a hip operation in May in an attempt to clear up long-standing problems but sidelined him for four months.