Why Does Sturridge Only Get Injured In Training?

The title of this brief post is a massive generalisation, but equally it’s one that doesn’t seem that wide of the mark either when you consider his appearance record.

For instance, this season Daniel Sturridge played the full ninety minutes at Everton, but then hasn’t been seen on the pitch since, and he signed off for last season with eighty-five minutes at Blackburn. His injury at the start of 2014/15 was picked up in England training and not the match itself either, after “the striker had a request rejected for a recovery training session on the day he suffered his thigh injury“.

I couldn’t recall him ever hobbling off mid-match (though more on this below), let alone being stretchered off, and yet he misses huge numbers of games.

With huge thanks to lfchistory.net contributor Graeme Riley (who you can find on Twitter here), I learned the following:

Sturridge has been subbed 24 times before the start of this season. Only 3 times has he not played in the following game.

3 Feb 2013 v Man City, subbed at 90’ and missed the next 2 games.

13 April 2014 v Man City (again!) at 66’ and missed next game.

8 April 2015 v Blackburn, subbed at 85’ and missed remaining 8 games of the season.

I checked the available data via the BBC website, and only the second of the above games with Manchester City listed the substitution due to injury rather than being a tactical decision (and as the other two occasions mentioned here were at the end of games, that seems a reasonable assumption to make too).

This won’t be an entirely accurate way to test if he has been injured during games of course, and some knocks will probably have occurred during international matches too. It is true to say that Sturridge has only been substituted due to injury for Liverpool and not been available for the next match once though, and yet in total (according to Transfermarkt) he has missed 89 Liverpool matches since signing less than three years ago, and (according to Physioroom) he has had sixteen reported injuries.

Far be it for me to tell the sports science team at Liverpool what to do, but perhaps he needs a Ledley King style fitness programme where he rarely trains and just plays matches. Maybe he has a very limited number of minutes in his legs, so if so let’s make sure he has them on the pitch.

I don’t have an answer as to why he seems to get injured away from the pitch so often, and maybe there’s nothing in it beyond coincidence anyway; feel free to submit your own theory in the comments below.

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8 thoughts on “Why Does Sturridge Only Get Injured In Training?

  1. Sell Sturridge he’s a liability,and will always only play a couple of games a season…While your at it sell Enrique,Allen,Mignolet,Lovren Origi,Milner,Lallana,NOT ONE HAS BROUGHT ANYTHING TO THE FIRST TEAM,AND NONE EVER WILL ( ALL STEALING A LIVING AT ANFIELD )

  2. I guess one thing to consider is players tend to spend much more time training than actually playing. Obviously players at much more likely to get injured by a bad tackle in a game rather than training as there teammates arent going to be flying into the challenges. But for someone, like Sturridge, who suffers more from muscle and joint injuries etc then he is probably as likely to be injured sprinting in training as on the pitch. So the fact he sprints, turns, jumps etc more often in training will lead to more injuries.

    I agree on the conclusion that he needs a carefully managed training regime though. I believe you are much more likely to pick up these sort of injuries as you tire and your muscles don’t have the strength to resist awkward loads across joints. Also your running form etc can suffer as you tire.

    • It’s weird how often I see LFC are advocated to sell Sturridge – a quality of player that we would find extremely difficult to replace – while in contrast, one of the richest clubs in the world are advocated to remain dependent on the more injured than not duo of Aguero and Kompany rather than just jettisoning the pair at the first opportunity. Very weird…

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