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Sensible decision made as Jordan Henderson returns early after injury

Jordan Henderson will return to Liverpool after picking up an injury with England. He’ll now face an assessment.

The BBC report that Jordan Henderson will return to Liverpool after an injury. The captain went off at half-time as England faced Belgium because of ‘tightness’ in his leg.

Instead of any further risk, Henderson is back with Liverpool. The club will check him over and see if he’s fit to play this weekend.

The Reds face Leicester City at Anfield on Sunday evening in a massive game. Leicester lead the Premier League after eight games and the Reds will want to change that.

Injuries, however, make the situation difficult as Liverpool deal with an injury crisis.

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This is undoubtedly the sensible approach from just about every perspective.

For England, they don’t need Henderson. In fact, they don’t really need anyone. The defeat against Belgium means they can’t qualify for the last-four of the Nations League.

 

Wednesday’s clash with Iceland, then, holds little significance beyond wanting a good performance. Keeping Henderson after he went off against Belgium would have been needless.

But the Liverpool perspective is the key one here. The Reds are in the midst of an injury crisis as it is and could really, really do with Henderson.

If the captain is out, then it’s honestly difficult to see how Liverpool beat the league leaders. They’re already without Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Mohamed Salah from the first-choice XI.

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Hopefully, the injury isn’t too bad and catching it early saves things. The game moving from Saturday to Sunday should help, too, as it gives Henderson an extra day’s rest.

But until then, we’ll just have to cross our fingers that the assessment goes well and he can play against Leicester.

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