Daniel Sturridge misses game for Perth Glory as he isn't used to long flights for games
Perth Glory owner Tony Sage confirmed Sturridge missed the club's latest games as he is struggling to acclimatise to long flights for games
Daniel Sturridge missed Perth Glory's latest game as he is struggling to get used to flying long distances for games, as per Australian news outlet, Sen.com.
Perth Glory owner Tony Sage revealed that Sturridge himself had spoken to manager Richard Garcia to excuse himself from Perth's game against Western United on Friday (26 November) due to the four-hour flight from Perth to Melbourne.
Sage has since admitted that Sturridge wouldn't have started the game anyway as he attempts to build up his fitness but was surprised to hear that the former Liverpool striker wasn't involved at all.
He said: “Look, a lot of consultation goes ahead, and when I saw the team sheet I made the call to sound out why [Sturridge was left off].
“After a talk between the two – the player and the coach – he didn’t feel he could contribute.
“Richie [Richard Garcia] said it in the post-match, he’s not used to a four-hour flight to a game. He’s just not used to it.”
The Perth owner then went on to reveal that Sturridge has been suffering from cramps due to the long haul flight and that the 32-year-old had been struggling to acclimatise to flying long distances for games.
“He pulled up on the plane a little bit crampy, when they did their walk and that he didn’t feel comfortable when they did the team walk,” Sage said.
“So, he went up to Richie and said, ‘Look, I might not be ready this week’.”
Sturridge has only featured once for Perth so far and Sage feels that the upcoming month is an opportunity to build up his fitness and allow him to play more regularly from January onwards.
He said: “He’s got a full week of training now in Melbourne with the squad, no distractions and I think you’ll see he’ll get at least 10-15 minutes next week building up.
“I think you’ll see him start by the time he gets back here (to Perth).”
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