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Sturridge: I'll be back stronger than ever

Daniel Sturridge says he is determined to return stronger than ever from his injury woe.

The Liverpool striker has been ruled out since September and is set to remain sidelined until the new year after being diagnosed with a new thigh problem.

Sturridge tweeted: "Through all this I'm growing as a man and an athlete.

"Everybody goes through things in their life that can make or break them. This for me is just another hurdle to jump over. Another door to break down.

"I'll be back soon enough strong and ready to play. Thanks to everyone for your support."

Sturridge starred alongside Luis Suarez last season, scoring 25 goals as Brendan Rodgers' men came close to winning the Barclays Premier League title.

But his setbacks this season have been mirrored by his club who have taken just eight points from their last nine games and currently languish in 12th place in the table.

Late Clyne goal denies Villa victory

Nathaniel Clyne's late equaliser earned high-flying Southampton a 1-1 draw at Aston Villa last night, denying Paul Lambert a much-needed victory in his 100th match in charge of the Premier League strugglers.

England international Clyne's rasping strike for second-placed Saints after 81 minutes left 16th-placed Villa still searching for their first win since September 13.

Gabriel Agbonlahor benefited from Southampton goalkeeper Fraser Forster's rush of blood to the head to fire Villa ahead after 29 minutes, the stopper racing out of his box to clear, only for Agbonlahor to beat him to the ball and slot home Villa's sixth league goal of the season.

Southampton appeared out of sorts but took home a point when Ryan Bertrand pulled the ball back for fellow full back Clyne to smash home.

Ronald Koeman's Saints, who had risen to second on the back of eight wins from nine games, are now six points behind leaders Chelsea after 12 matches.