Ex-Liverpool star Daniel Sturridge finally back in football after betting ban

Former Liverpool, and England, striker Daniel Sturridge has finally returned to football, and he is back in training with newly-promoted Real Mallorca.

Sturridge has spent the last year out of football due to a four-month worldwide ban for breaching betting rules, and then he was left without a club following his release from Turkish side Trabzonspor.

He was charged with passing on information to family members about a possible transfer during his time on Merseyside.

And after almost a year-and-a-half away from the game, Sturridge is back in professional football as he links up the La Liga side for pre-season training.

"RCD Mallorca has extended an invitation to Daniel Sturridge to participate from tomorrow, July 14, in training sessions with the club's first team as part of their preparation process."

Sturridge hasn't put to paper with a contract at Mallorca, however, he could still appear in the Spanish sides pre-season friendlies in the lead up to the new season.

Mallorca have friendlies lined up against French side Brest and Italian side Cagliari before they open their La Liga campaign against Real Betis next month.

Real Mallorca earned automatic promotion back to the Spanish top tier after finishing level on points with Catalan side Espanyol, who topped the table.

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Sturridge would be something of a vanity signing for the Balearic Islanders, however, they have had stars in their ranks in the past.

Samuel Eto'o is the club's record scorer, and he spent four years on the island before moving to Barcelona in 2004.

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