Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has confirmed that Jordan Henderson will not be fit to face Fulham at the weekend.
The midfielder started in the Reds’ Champions League win over Bayern Munich in midweek but came off in the first half.
Henderson appeared to twist his ankle and was unable to continue, prompting fears that he could be sidelined for a sustained period.
Klopp spoke to the media ahead of his team’s trip to Craven Cottage on Sunday afternoon but failed to deliver good news on the condition of Liverpool’s captain.
As quoted by ESPN, the manager said:
It’s serious enough to rule him out for the weekend. The international break will hopefully be long enough to bring him back. It is to do with his ankle. It’s the best it can be but still not good enough.
The German is optimistic about Henderson’s chances of returning after the international break, but his place in the England squad for their European Championship qualifying matches against the Czech Republic and Montenegro appears in doubt.
Liverpool will be desperately hoping that the midfielder will return quickly, as they make a final push for the Premier League title.
Why Henderson has a big part to play in Liverpool's title chase
Henderson is among the leaders in Liverpool’s dressing room, and they’ll be hoping to benefit from his maturity on the pitch in the run-in towards the end of the season.
Henderson’s experiences of Liverpool’s shortcomings in previous title races will serve the Reds well in this testing period.
Klopp will want all of his options fit and available. The games will come thick and fast as Liverpool are involved in the Champions League, and Henderson is an excellent rotational option.
Henderson is clearly a player who Klopp trusts. He is the captain of the football club, and the manager will be calling on his reliable midfielders at this crucial stage.