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Sturridge stays in US to solve thigh issue

Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge will continue his rehabilitation from a thigh injury in the United States over Christmas.

The England forward spent 10 days in Los Angeles to help with his recovery and he will now travel to the east coast to link up with the medical team at the Boston Red Sox, who share the same owners in Fenway Sports Group.

Sturridge will be accompanied by Liverpool's head of conditioning Glen Driscoll and the club believe the Red Sox have specialists who may be able to assist in putting an end to the striker's persistent thigh problem.

The 25-year-old has not played for the Reds since August 31 after straining a thigh while training on international duty with England.

On the eve of his club comeback he pulled a calf muscle in his first full training session back with the first team and just when he appeared to have got over that he sustained another, different, thigh injury which has ruled him out until the new year.

Rodgers said last month the club may have to look even deeper into the root of Sturridge's problems, of which this is the ninth separate but similar injury has had in his career.

Meanwhile, defender Glen Johnson will be out for around a month with a groin injury.

The 30-year-old tore his groin during the first half of Liverpool's 3-0 defeat against Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday and the England defender will be missing for at least a month. Johnson will undergo a scan to confirm the full extent of the injury.