Man City boss Eriksson: Sturridge something special

Manchester City boss Sven Goran Eriksson was delighted to see Danny Sturridge score his first senior goal in Sunday's FA Cup defeat at Sheffield United.

"You can see Daniel is a very good player," remarked Eriksson.

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"He had not played for six months, but he came on in a game like this and you could see he is physically strong, his technique is fantastic and he scored a very good goal."

Yet Eriksson is wary of pushing Sturridge too far, too soon, even though he is struggling for numbers in attack.

After off-loading Rolando Bianchi to Lazio on loan last week, the Swede also has Valeri Bojinov still recovering from cruciate knee ligament surgery and Nery Castillo from a separated shoulder.

"When I came to England in August I had never seen Sturridge play football. I had only heard about him, but I knew of his talent," added Eriksson.

"I saw him a couple of weeks ago in training, initially with the reserves and then the first team, and he showed he is good.

"But I don't know if we can expect him to play for the rest of the matches (in the Premier League) after six months without a game. That might be dangerous and too much."

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