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Sturridge claims injury problems down to 'Caribbean vibes'

INJURED: Sturridge (PA)

LIVERPOOL FRONTMAN Daniel Sturridge has been rattled with persistent injuries since joining the Reds from Chelsea back in 2013, and the England striker believes that could be hereditary due to being Caribbean.

The 25-year-old’s uncles Dean and Simon, who were both professional, suffered similar injuries to their nephew in their respective careers.

Sturridge told talkSPORT: "I play my game as best I can, but I’ve been unfortunate this season, I am vulnerable to muscle injuries.

"As long as I continue to work hard everything will take care of itself.

"Maybe it’s my body type, maybe it’s hereditary. Both my uncles had injuries, and my dad had them as well. Maybe it’s the Caribbean vibes, maybe I have speed but maybe it makes you more vulnerable because of the fast twitch muscles and the speed in which you’re moving."

Sturridge has been out of action since early September when he was injured on International duty for England. Since then he has suffered with both thigh and calf problems.

The Birmingham-born player is not expected back until the November 8 when Liverpool faces his former employers Chelsea.

Sturridge hopes he can form a successful partnership with media darling Mario Balotelli on his return to the squad. "We get on well off the field and in the changing rooms; we’re always laughing and joking", Sturridge said.

"It’s not hugely important to be friends to have a great [football] relationship with somebody, and if you’re not friends you can still have a great partnership, but you can also be friends and have a great partnership."

"Everybody is helping him and he’s playing well. Sometimes you don’t get the breaks in terms of scoring goals. Every striker goes through times when they don’t score.

"Mario’s a great guy and he’s misunderstood sometimes. A lot of people are harsh on him. I get on really with him, though. I have nothing but good words to say about him."

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