Australian Football: Sturridge raring to go
Perth Glory new boy Daniel Sturridge is raring to go, but how many minutes he will play against Adelaide United on Saturday is down to coach Richard Garcia.
Glory are priced at 15.00 to win the A-League grand final in the 2021/22 campaign and having a top quality striker like Sturridge on board should help their chances.
Back in training
The 32-year-old strike ace completed his first training session with the rest of the Glory squad on Monday after finishing two weeks of quarantine on Thursday.
Sturridge is likely to play some part in the opening game of the season at HBF Park on Saturday but there is a good chance
he will start on the bench.
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When quizzed about how many minutes he will play, Sturridge told reporters it is not down to him.
"That's for the manager to decide," Sturridge said. "I mean I'm available. I've been training prior to coming here.
"Of course it's difficult in quarantine to train, you can't play football or do anything that is natural to a football player.
"So now it's about adjusting again. Laying on the bed and trying to train as much as you can on a bike or doing things inside is never the same as playing football.
"It's about getting match fit now and being in football shape again."
The former Liverpool and Chelsea striker has not played a professional game of football since January 2020 but says he is not feeling any nerves ahead of Saturday.
"I don't feel nervous at all," he added. "I've played this game since I was four years old. I'm 32 now. So we're talking 28 years of doing something that you love."