Australian Football: Sturridge denies he refused to play
Daniel Sturridge has taken to social media to insist a four-hour flight would not stop him from playing for Perth Glory against Western United.
Glory are priced at 15.00 to win the 2021/22 A-League grand final but suffered a setback on Friday night when losing 1-0 against Western United.
Sturridge hits back
Sturridge was not even on the bench and comments from club owner Tony Sage claimed that the strike star had made himself unavailable after pulling up with cramp after the flight to Melbourne.
Social media went into meltdown and Sturridge has now responded and denied he told coach Richard Garcia he could not play.
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"2 weeks in quarantine was insane! I played last week (against Adelaide) to help the team and meet the fans," Sturridge tweeted.
"It's a long season so please be patient as we build my fitness up which was always the plan. A 4hr flight would never stop me playing football."
Pignata backs him up
Meanwhile Perth Glory chief executive Tony Pignata has also spoken out and says the former Liverpool star did not refuse to play.
"Just to put the record straight. It was not Daniel's decision not to play last weekend," Pignata wrote.
"Like any player Daniel wanted to play but we have had a plan for Daniel before he arrived to build his fitness and integrate him into the team.
"We want to have and will have the best Daniel Sturridge on the field when the time is right."