Sturridge ruled out

LONDON: Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge, who scored his first goals of the season last weekend, will be left out of Thursday’s Europa League tie against FC Sion, manager Brendan Rodgers said on Wednesday. The aim is to hold him back for Sunday’s Merseyside derby at Everton, who are four places above their neighbours.

But Rodgers will be happy with England naming him on Thursday for their final Euro 2016 qualifying matches in a week’s time. The England striker missed six months of last season in all with calf and thigh injuries and then the first five league matches of the new campaign.