Laudrup "surprised" Daniel Sturridge playing after injury
MICHAEL Laudrup has expressed surprise that Daniel Sturridge looks set to face Swansea City just days after sitting out England duty.
Liverpool's in-form striker was today named as the Premier League player of the month having fired the Reds to the top of the table.
And Sturridge is being tipped to lead the line at the Liberty Stadium on Monday night despite missing England's World Cup qualifying games against Moldova and Ukraine with a thigh injury.
Sturridge will reportedly train on Saturday and, providing he show no ill-effects, he will start at Swansea.
"I thought Sturridge would not play because he was not fit enough for England, but now 48 hours later the reports are saying that he is fit to play against us," Laudrup said.
"I was a little surprised about that.
"I hope he plays because I want to play against the best Liverpool team, but I thought there were rules to stop players not playing for their country and then playing for the club.
"But then that’s none of my business."
Former Swansea boss Brendan Rodgers, who is the top flight's manager of the month for August, is desperate for Sturridge to play given that Luis Suarez is still suspended.
Laudrup, meantime, is fretting over the fitness of at least one frontline player heading into Monday's game, while Neil Taylor (thigh) is definitely out.
The Swansea manager reported that his international contingent have all returned in good shape and are in contention.
"They are all back and they all trained, so they should be okay," Laudrup added.