The sight of Daniel Sturridge clutching an ice pack to his thigh after 90 minutes against City offered some concern for those Fantasy managers banking on the new Anfield arrival for this week’s double fixture. Sturridge has been a hugely popular transfer target this week, despite the concern surrounding his chances of making Liverpool’s opening fixture against West Brom on Monday. Reason enough for me to make a return to the fold and examine the evidence on show surrounding the injury.

The initial concern stems from the striker limping slightly towards the end of the first half, after he’d scored the equalising goal, but having observed the match footage, Sturridge was not involved in any significant contacts nor were any excessive joint ranges evident.

The one point of note came immediately after he scored: as he strikes the ball with his left foot his body rotates excessively during the follow through and with the studs of his right foot planted firmly in the turf subsequently not allowing him to “spin on the balls of his foot” to accept the momentum, the rotary action of the force transfers to the knee and then to the hip joint.

For the next ten minutes Sturridge can be observed limping and periodically holding his upper thigh in the region of the Vastus Lateralis. (the quadriceps muscle on the outside of the thigh). However, during this period and indeed throughout the rest of the match this did not appear to affect his mobility or his agility as Sturridge can be witnessed twisting and turning, accelerating and decelerating and dribbling with pace. Movements that would highlight any significant injuries.

It is also worth noting that Sturridge is only just approaching full match fitness and as such his muscles are still adapting to the overload and some tightness in the quadriceps area, which is the biggest muscle of the leg and the prime moving agonist during the kicking motion, should be expected.

He would also have been assessed at half-time and cleared to play without an unreasonable risk of further injury, a further indication that the injury was mild and stable. The evidence leads me to believe that Sturridge suffered a mild grade 1 Quadriceps strain that, with treatment, should see the double Gameweek favourite back for Monday’s encounter.

  1. Usually, I'd be rushing to save that .1 but this GW rests on a delicate knife edge.

    The repurcussions should it go wrong doesn't bear thinking about.


    • 2 years, 21 days ago
    1. You have an uneasy relationship with RVP, don't you?

      • 2 years, 21 days ago
    2. ye im the same altho the amount of price changes have been frustrating...hopefully they will work out tho

      • 2 years, 21 days ago
  2. Bye guys off to bed see you laterx

    • 2 years, 21 days ago
    1. cya

      • 2 years, 21 days ago
  3. 100+? ;)

    de Gea.
    Azpilicueta, Nastasic, Davies.
    Mata, Bale, Walcott, Michu.
    Van Persie, Suarez, Sturridge.

    Bench(Some shite players ;) )

    • 2 years, 21 days ago
    1. Migs, Rafa and Zaba > DDG, Azpi and Nasty

      No Bale scares me as ever.

      I predict good weeks for both of us

      • 2 years, 21 days ago
    2. Better than me :(

      Rip 'em up Parm! :)

      • 2 years, 21 days ago
        • 2 years, 21 days ago
    3. big possibility. DDG & RVP may let you down.

      • 2 years, 21 days ago
    4. if you score 10 points or 200 points it will be totally irrelevant this week as everybody has got the same team..............

      • 2 years, 21 days ago
      1. MJW
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member

        Interesting- but
        Suppose it holds through more for those who have just Wildcarded in the last couple of GWS tho.
        I'm going in to this GW with Sturridge, Johnson and Davies as my 3 DGWs..
        Plenty of differential ( and fingers crossed) there.. Don't think Sturridge nor Johnson will be overly popular capt choices. It's not like we are all on RvP again.
        The capt choice will make the key difference this week.

        • 2 years, 21 days ago
  4. Azpil to Enrique or Cameron to Carragher?

    • 2 years, 21 days ago
    1. JE for DGW fever.

      • 2 years, 21 days ago
      1. Go Agger sleeping giant

        • 2 years, 21 days ago
          • 2 years, 21 days ago
  5. A) More wine


    B) Bed

    • 2 years, 21 days ago
    1. A and swiftly B for me :)

      • 2 years, 21 days ago
      1. Sounds like a plan :)

        • 2 years, 21 days ago
    2. B then A perhaps?

      • 2 years, 21 days ago
  6. fellows, what are the points prediction for the Liverpool favourites? let me go first.

    Suarez = 10 - 12 points
    Gerrard = 13 - 15 points
    Sturridge = 13 - 15 points
    GJ = 8 - 10 points
    JE = 6 - 8 points.

    • 2 years, 21 days ago
    1. Henderson - 22 points (c) 44!!!!!!!

      • 2 years, 21 days ago
      1. you're more optimistic than BR.

        • 2 years, 21 days ago
    2. Why Gerrard more than Suarez?

      • 2 years, 21 days ago
      1. on deadly form, set pieces, cleanie(s).

        • 2 years, 21 days ago
    3. Suarez 10
      Sturridge 12
      Stevie G 11
      Glenner 7
      Enrique 5

      I expect them to concede in both and Sturridge the only of those 5 to definitely play 90 mins in both games cos of Zenith games on 14th and 21st.

      • 2 years, 21 days ago
      1. good point. is studge ineligible to play?

        • 2 years, 21 days ago
        1. Yip, he's cup-tied. Apparently cos Chelsea are also in Europa now but that doesn't make sense to me?

          • 2 years, 21 days ago
          1. he's cup-tied only if he has featured for Chelsea in the UCL. don't think so.

            • 2 years, 21 days ago
            1. I read that on a Pool forum. No matter, he's cup tied. Not in the Liverpool squad in Europa FF.

              • 2 years, 21 days ago
    4. suarez = 10- 18 pts
      gerrard = 7 - 12 pts
      sturridge =10 - 15pts
      johson = 6 - 10 pts
      enrique = 6 - 10 pts

      • 2 years, 20 days ago
  7. I think RVP is ready to EXPLODE three empty weeks in a row - no way jose!!!
    Bring on the Persie Steamroller.......might even captain the big fella - thise who have taken him out be afraid, be VERY afraid!!!

    • 2 years, 21 days ago
    1. still Sturridge (c) for me.

      • 2 years, 21 days ago
      1. Suarez for me!!!!

        • 2 years, 21 days ago
    2. A 3rd no pointer... oh... oh...

      • 2 years, 21 days ago
    3. An RVP hatrick would be special!

      • 2 years, 21 days ago
    4. RVP is worst value for money even when he scores. He was value as reliable captain when others weren't consistent. Now totally useless.

      • 2 years, 21 days ago
  8. Suarez hit 100%!on Fiso 10.8 tomorrow

    • 2 years, 21 days ago
    1. OMG! I am so happy. Party all night? ;)

      • 2 years, 21 days ago
      1. I occasionally smirk at the metamorphosis of your name! The beauty of hanging around this forum :)

        • 2 years, 21 days ago
  9. Anyone help me choose?

    A) With 3 DGWers already, doing Bale > Gerrard for a hit is mindless kneejerking, but I'm chasing in my mini-league and the 2 above me both have StevieG and Suarez..

    B) I'd get more differential if do Bale > Michu and I upgrade my sub goalie to Reina. With a non-nailed on bencher I'd be looking at -12pt in hits over the 2 weeks to field 11, but that's just -4pt more than (A)

    C) Stop fannying about and stick with Davies, Henderson and Sturridge for free

    • 2 years, 21 days ago
    1. keep Bale. so C but i'd prefer Gerrard/Michu/Downing over Hendo anytime.

      • 2 years, 21 days ago
      1. MJW
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member

        C- risky as you like but u ll be hailed a genius if it works and it can!

        • 2 years, 21 days ago
  10. How is my team looking, chaps?> http://imgur.com/H3IPg8M

    • 2 years, 21 days ago
    1. Rockin' I reckon

      • 2 years, 21 days ago
  11. Yeah me too, but non-compatible with 'keep Bale'. I've resisted shipping Mata, RVP, etc for the same reasons. This means either 2 hits this week or one sub-7m transfer for -4pt.

    I could do Wilshere > Routledge, for example, but is there any point?

    • 2 years, 21 days ago
    1. bah - reply fail..

      • 2 years, 21 days ago
    2. nah, i won't ditch someone who's probably on form. so keep Wilshere too.

      • 2 years, 21 days ago
  12. Captain for this gameweek? Gerrard or Suarez?

    • 2 years, 21 days ago
      • 2 years, 21 days ago
    1. Gerrard

      • 2 years, 21 days ago

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