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Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge is on course to recover from an ankle injury in time for the start of the season, the club have confirmed.

Sturridge is not yet ready to resume training, having limped off with the problem during England's 1-1 friendly draw against Republic of Ireland at Wembley on May 29.

Initial fears that the 23-year-old would be sidelined for around four months were eased after an assessment by the club's medical staff, and Glen Driscoll, the club's head of performance, is confident that the forward will be fit for the new campaign.

Driscoll told Liverpool's website: "Daniel Sturridge is the only player not training at the moment, but he's progressing really well and he's still on target to make the start of the season."

Captain Steven Gerrard, meanwhile, is about to resume full training, having missed the final two games of last season after undergoing shoulder surgery.

Gerrard resumed light work in June, and is almost ready to step up his recovery.

Driscoll said: "Steven Gerrard is still being modified, but he's about to enter all-out training."

Defender Martin Kelly (cruciate knee ligament), winger Raheem Sterling (thigh) and midfielder Joe Allen (shoulder) are all back in training after injury absences.

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