LIVERPOOL, England (AP) — Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge could miss the final month of the season because of his ongoing injury problems, depriving the Premier League club of its most potent scorer as it chases Champions League qualification.

The England international has been out since April 8 with hip and thigh injuries, after already missing the first half of the season with thigh and calf problems.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers says "it's been one of those seasons for him, he's been very unfortunate."

Asked for a timeline on Sturridge's return, Rodgers says "we'll see if he's going to be back this season or pre-season."

Liverpool is seven points behind fourth-place Manchester United, with a game in hand. The Reds have five games remaining, the next coming at Hull on Tuesday.

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