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DAN DOWN Daniel Sturridge limps off with hamstring injury in just third minute of West Brom’s visit to Chelsea

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DANIEL STURRIDGE’S injury curse struck again as he limped off just three minutes into West Brom’s trip to Chelsea.

The on-loan Liverpool striker, 28, went down early in the Stamford Bridge clash and failed to run off the problem.

 Daniel Sturridge was forced off just three minutes into West Brom's trip to Chelsea

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Daniel Sturridge was forced off just three minutes into West Brom’s trip to Chelsea

Sturridge lost the ball to Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta in what turned out to be his only touch of the game.

West Brom won a corner but just seconds later Jonny Evans was signalling to boss Alan Pardew and his bench that it was curtains for Sturridge.

It comes in just the Birmingham-born striker’s second start since joining struggling Baggies until the end of the season.

The injury is Sturridge’s 14th over the last four seasons, with his previous ones causing him to miss an incredible 97 matches.

 Sturridge comes off to be replaced by Jay Rodriguez at Stamford Bridge

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Sturridge comes off to be replaced by Jay Rodriguez at Stamford Bridge
 A disappointed Sturridge hobbles off down the tunnel

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A disappointed Sturridge hobbles off down the tunnel

It is sure to be a major blow to both his World Cup hopes as well as the Baggies’ survival hopes.

The visitors went 1-0 down to Eden Hazard’s strike and defeat would leave them seven points from safety with just 11 games left.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           And several weeks on the sidelines would leave Sturridge with just a handful of games to prove his fitness to Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate.

 The moment before Sturridge went down chasing a ball with Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta

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The moment before Sturridge went down chasing a ball with Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta
 Striker Sturridge takes his only touch of the game before being forced off with injury

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Striker Sturridge takes his only touch of the game before being forced off with injury

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