England manager Gareth Southgate admits Jordan Henderson faces a fitness assessment. He labelled the Liverpool captain’s situation as ‘complicated’.
Gareth Southgate says Jordan Henderson will need an assessment ahead of England v Denmark on Wednesday. The Liverpool captain wore the armband for his country at the weekend, playing 66 minutes as they beat Belgium 2-1.
But Henderson is still working his way back from injury. He went off at half-time against Chelsea last month and his start at Wembley was his first football since.
While Southgate says Harry Kane should be fit to face the Danes, Henderson is a different case.
“Jordan is a little bit more complicated [than Kane] because with his club, he had 60 in his first match [v Leeds United] then 45 the following week so we are going to have to assess him very carefully,” he said, per ESPN.
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Henderson’s minutes against Belgium were ideal for Liverpool. They proved that he’s fit to start, that he’s capable of playing over an hour, and that he can handle a top midfield.
So in that regard, this international break has been fantastic ahead of the Derby. But the Denmark game could hurt that.
It’s very close to the Everton game and if Henderson plays, there are two risks. He could aggravate his injury, of course, playing two games in quick succession. In fact, it would be three in a week with the game at Goodison Park – that seems a bit much for a player returning from injury.
And that’s the other concern – that he’s not fully ready to play that much football. Sunday was his first game for three weeks, after all. To go from that to three-in-a-week is a lot for any player.
The concern, then, is that Southgate decides Henderson can play two in a week and wants those games for himself. Liverpool will have to watch this one carefully as it could have a big impact on the Merseyside Derby.