Jordan Henderson might not be fit for European Championships

Gareth Southgate has confirmed he’s unsure if Jordan Henderson will be fit in time for the delayed Euro 2020 tournament.

The Liverpool captain suffered a serious groin injury in the Merseyside derby on February 20. According to Sky Sports, he had to be ruled out for at least five weeks after surgery to fix the problem.

However, his international coach has now hinted that he could be out for much longer than that.

Speaking ahead of the Three Lions game against Albania on Sunday, Southgate said: “We know it’s going to be close to the end of the season and we’ll just have to see how it goes.

“In terms of promises, we can only say that Hendo himself is very optimistic about how the operation went.

“There are a lot of things to take into consideration but, for the moment, it is a decision which is in a few weeks.”

Henderson a major loss for club and country

If Henderson misses a spot on the Euros squad, he will be sorely missed by his country.

When in good form, Henderson is England’s best midfielder. His ability to play both as No.6 and as No.8 is unmatched in the current squad.

However, Liverpool fans will likely be even more worried by this news. Their captain is one of their most important players and the team just isn’t the same without him.

A place in the top 4 is apparently out of the question at this point. Liverpool need to win the Champions League if they want to participate in the competition again next season.

Henderson’s availability for the run-in would improve the odds for Jurgen Klopp’s side to increase the competition.

The Reds will face Real Madrid in the quarter-finals, before a possible semi-final against Chelsea or Porto.

With their three premier center-backs for the season, it’s essential that Henderson gets back on the pitch as soon as possible.

With Thiago and Fabinho, Henderson could form a truly elite three-way midfielder. This would compensate for the shortcomings of the defense.

Otherwise, it’s very difficult to see the Merseysiders fighting for the biggest prize in club football this season.

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