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Australian Football: Weeks before Sturridge can return

Perth Glory coach Richard Garcia has suggested it will be several more weeks before Daniel Sturridge is ready to return to action following a groin injury.

Glory have nine home games to play after making a return to WA but it remains to be seen how many of them the former Liverpool and England striker will be able to play in.

Frustrating move

It has been a frustrating time for everyone connected with the club as Sturridge's switch to the A-League has been hit by setback after setback.

The latest one being a groin injury that he picked up during the recent defeat to Macarthur and leaves him facing yet another battle to regain fitness.

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Glory have yet to put a timeline on his return and speaking ahead of Sunday's game with Adelaide United, Garcia admits even more patience is required.

The striker is back in light training but has plenty of boxes to tick before he can be considered for selection.

"It will be how he progresses through rehab and through the things he has to hit," Garcia said when asked about Sturridge's return date. "He has to hit a bit of high speed, change of direction, things like that. We have to make sure we do the right thing by him."

Hectic schedule

Meanwhile Garcia says he will also have to be careful with the rest of his players as they face a hectic run of fixtures in the coming weeks.

"We are at the point in the season where we have to be careful to make sure everyone is in the right place to play," he added. "It’s a tough order.

"Other sides are starting to show the effects of back-to-back games."

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