Sturridge happy to lend a hand

Bolton’s on-loan striker Daniel Sturridge is delighted to have done Chelsea a favour in their quest to land the Premier League title.

The 21-year-old striker offered his parent club a helping hand over the weekend when he netted for loan employers Bolton in a 2-1 victory over Arsenal, his seventh goal of a productive short-term spell.

Defeat for the Gunners at the Reebok Stadium all but ended their hopes of taking the top flight crown, leaving Chelsea and Manchester United to battle it out at the summit.

Sturridge is set to see out the season with the Trotters, meaning he will not be back at Stamford Bridge until the summer, but he is delighted to have played a small part in aiding the cause of Carlo Ancelotti’s side.

He said: "I think I’ve done the boys at Chelsea a bit of a favour. I’m sure I’ll be getting a few texts.

"At the moment I’m just pleased to help Bolton but to be able to help my actual club too is great.

"I think this result makes it a two-horse race. It’s between Chelsea and Manchester United now.

"It’s going to be a tense four games but hopefully Chelsea will take the title."

Sturridge was sent out on loan by the Blues following their record-breaking capture of Fernando Torres and, despite the Spaniard providing him with stiff competition for a place at Stamford Bridge, he was happy to see the £50million man get off the mark against West Ham on Saturday.

He added: "I was delighted to see Torres get his first goal.

"I hope I can get to double figures for Bolton. It would be amazing."