Sunday 25 February 2018

Henderson hit with Euros injury blow

Jordan Henderson (PA)
Jordan Henderson (PA)

Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson's Euro 2016 hopes appear to have been ended by a knee injury which has ruled him out for up to eight weeks.

The 25-year-old damaged the lateral collateral ligament (LCL) in his left knee during Thursday's 1-1 Europa League quarter-final first-leg draw in Dortmund.

Henderson underwent a scan yesterday, and while there is some positive news for the player in that it is an LCL problem and not a cruciate ligament, which is far more serious, and there is limited damage, it is still likely to sideline him for six to eight weeks - a typical LCL injury can often require three months' recovery.

However, former Sunderland star Henderson will not require surgery, just treatment and rehabilitation.

England coach Roy Hodgson will name his Euro 2016 squad in less than five weeks' time on May 12, three days before the end of the Premier League season, with their first warm-up against Turkey on May 22.

Even in a best-case scenario, Henderson would only be close to a return by that later date but severely lacking in match fitness and it would represent a major gamble on Hodgson's part to pick the midfielder, one it seems he is highly unlikely to take.

It presents manager Jurgen Klopp with a dilemma in midfield ahead of Sunday's visit of Stoke as Emre Can starts a two-match suspension and Lucas Leiva is still not fit, which means Joe Allen is set for a rare League start.

Forwards Daniel Sturridge and Roberto Firmino are pushing for starting places after brief substitute appearances in the Europa League against Borussia Dortmund but Divock Origi, who scored at Signal Iduna Park, could well keep his place.

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