Alan Pardew hopeful of swift West Brom return for 'distraught' Daniel Sturridge

By Matt Wilson | West Bromwich Albion | Published:

Daniel Sturridge was left distraught in the dressing room after limping off injured tonight, but it's hoped he will return for Albion in the crucial home game against Huddersfield.

Daniel Sturridge leaves field after only three minutes (AMA)

The Liverpool loanee lasted less than three minutes at Stamford Bridge before he was forced off with a hamstring problem.

He's due to have a scan on that injury tomorrow, but Baggies boss Alan Pardew hopes he is not out for too long.

"It was a blow to lose Danny," said Pardew. "We're hoping it's not too bad. We don't think it's a tear or anything.

"It might keep him out of the FA Cup (match against Southampton on Saturday) but he could be back in a couple of weeks.

"He was distraught. His personality and the way he's worked has been of the highest order, I couldn't speak higher of him.

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"In training he's been really sharp, there's not many strikers can do what he can, a bit like Hazard did, it might have made a difference.


"He's absolutely devastated. It was that first run, maybe it was a bit of adrenalin from a 60m run into the corner."

Pardew was left ruing Sturridge's injury even more after watching Jay Rodriguez and Salomon Rondon waste gilt-edged chances in front of goal in the 3-0 defeat.

Rodriguez snatched at a glorious early chance after coming on for Sturridge when the game was goalless before Rondon had a one-on-one saved by Thibaut Courtois with the score still 1-0.

Chelsea, meanwhile, were clinical in the box, and swept the Baggies aside with two goals from Eden Hazard and one from Victor Moses.


Defeat has left the Baggies five points adrift at the bottom of the table and seven points from safety.

"When you see the chances that we had tonight it's even more frustrating," said Pardew. "We knew Chelsea were slightly wounded after their two recent defeats.

"We put high pressure on them, took some risks in terms of our set up, hoping to get an early chance.

"It was unfortunate that Jay didn't take that touch into the goal because he's got a chance then.

"That would have been a major blow to Chelsea and changed the dynamic of the game.

"Again we had a big chance at 1-0 when Salomon was through on goal and I think Evans's header was at 1-0. They're big chances you've got to take."

Matt Wilson

By Matt Wilson
Football MMPJ - @mattwilson_star

Sports reporter at the Express & Star, who primarily covers West Bromwich Albion.


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