Our club captain Jordan Henderson has been ruled out for the remainder of the season after a scan revealed damage to his lateral collateral ligament in his knee (via official site).
Henderson picked up the injury moments before half-time in Thursday’s 1-1 draw with Dortmund. He was replaced by Joe Allen at the break.
According to the BBC, he will miss six to eight weeks, thus putting his earliest possible return date as 19th May. Our final league match is away to West Brom on the 15th. He would also miss the Europa League final, which has been scheduled for 18th May in Basel.
It also puts in position in Roy Hodgson’s European Championship squad into serious doubt. Henderson started six of the ten qualifiers, but the England boss has previously gone on record to claim that he wouldn’t take players who were not fully fit. “I wouldn’t be happy to really take players with us in the hope that they will become fit during the tournament,” he said. England start their tournament against Russia on 11th June.
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It marks the end of what has been a miserable season for the skipper – he has only started 15 league matches and missed three months in late 2015 with a heel injury.
The only positive news is that it is thought surgery will not be required.