Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has given an update on Jordan Henderson’s knee injury which claims that the skipper could play again before the end of the season.
The midfielder limped off in Thursday’s excellent 1-1 Europa League draw with Borussia Dortmund and has been diagnosed with lateral collateral ligament damage.
Initial reports on Liverpool’s official website suggested that Henderson would be sidelined for six to eight weeks, which would bring his campaign to a premature close.
That length of layoff would also put the England international’s European Championship hopes in jeopardy, but Klopp is more optimistic on Henderson’s prognosis.
The German is quoted by Sky Sports as saying that Henderson could be back in contention for our final two league games of the season, and England’s expedition to France.
Sky Sports quote Klopp as saying: “It’s serious but it’s not that serious that there is not hope for us for maybe the last one or two games. It’s also clear there is still hope for the European Championships.
“For us he is a very important player who has been getting better and better. But he’s an important player for England too, so there is no final judgement that there is no chance.
“There is a chance. It’s isolated, nothing else. It’s not good news but it’s part of something like good news. We will do everything to get him back in the race as soon as possible. Each day we will see what we can do.
“Of course we have supported him. We heard about it at half time, that it was more serious, so we fight for him. He was injured in a situation fighting for us.”
While this is encouraging news, it still seems unlikely that Henderson will feature again in our Premier League campaign. Our final game with West Bromwich Albion is five weeks away.
Perhaps the Europa League final on May 18 could be a more realistic target. Maybe not, but Klopp’s update at least offers hope that Henderson could still be fit in time for Euro 2016.
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