London - Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers will decide on Friday whether striker Daniel Sturridge is ready to make his comeback after a five-month injury lay-off.
Sturridge has not played since injuring his thigh on international duty with England in early September, having sustained a calf problem and a further thigh injury during the rehabilitation process.
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The 25-year-old returned to training with the rest of the squad this week, but Rodgers will wait until Friday before deciding if he will face West Ham United in the Premier League on Saturday.
"He has looked outstanding in training, but we will give him another day," Rodgers told a press conference on Thursday.
"I will have a chat with him (on Friday) and overview the week, how everything has gone, but in my brief conversation with him (on Thursday), I can tell he is happy and feeling very strong in his own body.
"At this moment, he looks in top-class condition."