Liverpool will check on the fitness of Daniel Sturridge ahead of Monday's clash with Swansea City, but Brendan Rodgers is hopeful of having Kolo Toure and Joe Allen available for the trip to the Liberty Stadium.

Sturridge was forced to miss England's World Cup qualifiers with Moldova and Ukraine after picking up a thigh injury against Manchester United earlier this month.

However, Rodgers feels with the Reds not taking on the Swans until Monday evening, the extra couple of days of treatment could give the No.15 a chance of making the game.

"We'll know more so over the next couple of days," the boss told reporters at Melwood.

"He was obviously disappointed to miss out on the England games and I felt for him because he came here, first and foremost, to be do as well as he possibly can for Liverpool - knowing if he could do well, his aim was obviously to be the England striker.

"It was the medical experts who made the decision - it wasn't Daniel Sturridge. He left the game against Manchester United injured, he's gone away and the great medical staff they have at England and the experts they have there deemed him not quite fit enough for the first game [against Moldova].

"He returned back [to Melwood] and there was a slight improvement, but obviously Roy [Hodgson] and his staff have to make the decision on whether he's going to be right or available. Obviously at that stage, he wasn't.


"But by the time we play on Monday, it'll be nearly two weeks and for a grade 1 strain, people in football and the experts who know better than I will you tell you it is perfectly reasonable to be back playing in that timescale.

"We've been out on the field today and we'll see how he is over the next 48 hours or so."

Rodgers added: "I think if it was a Saturday game, he may well have struggled but that extra wee bit of time gives him a chance to play. I would suspect he will hopefully be fit. He won't be 100 per cent fit, but we'll see."

Meanwhile, Rodgers is optimistic he'll be able to call on the services of Allen and Toure for the Swansea clash.

The duo both sustained injuries in the recent Capital One Cup tie with Notts County - as did Aly Cissokho, though he won't be available.

He said: "Joe has trained with the team today. He looked good this morning and is certainly fighting for a place on Monday.

"Kolo is with our physiologists and is working well. He should be available for Monday.

"Cissokho is still a few weeks away yet, but working hard."