Liverpool forward Daniel Sturridge traveled with his teammates on their flight to Spain for their Champions League match against Real Madrid on Tuesday, but his availability for the match is still unknown, The Guardian reports.
Sturridge has not played for Liverpool since Aug. 31, and Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers suggested Sturridge would not play in either Tuesday’s contest or Saturday’s match against Chelsea.
Sturridge posted an Instagram photo Monday of himself and teammates on the plane. He has only three appearances and one goal this season after scoring 24 goals last season for the Reds.
He hurt his thigh while training with England for the Euro 2016 qualifier in September and was originally only supposed to miss three weeks of action. He hurt his calf after he returned to training following the thigh injury.
Liverpool has struggled to score goals this season, tallying only five goals in four Champions League matches. They sit third in Group B behind leader Real Madrid and Ludogorets Razgrad. Liverpool only has seven goals in seven Premier League matches without Sturridge.
"It's certainly something we need to be better in," Rodgers told Liverpoolfc.com. "For the team to have confidence, it's important that you look like you can score a goal. We didn't look as if we could threaten so much. I'm a creative and attacking coach, and we have seen over my time here how we build teams to score goals in order to win games.
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