Gareth Southgate insists Jordan Henderson feels ‘very optimistic’ over his injury return. The Liverpool captain has been out for a little while now.
Liverpool haven’t had great luck against Everton this year. The Goodison game in October saw Virgil van Dijk ruled out for the season, Thiago out for two months, and a last-gasp winner ruled out by VAR.
The Anfield game was actually worse. Liverpool lost 2-0 and Jordan Henderson went off injured in the first half. He’s still not back.
The belief at the time, though, was that the captain wouldn’t miss the rest of the season. It was a possibility but the feeling was sort of good.
Now, we’re nearly in April and he’s still not back. James Pearce says he won’t return to face Real Madrid, either.
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But according to Gareth Southgate, Jordan Henderson is ‘very optimistic’ over his return. The England boss is hopeful the Liverpool star will play at the Euros.
“In terms of promises, we can only say that [Henderson] himself is very optimistic about how the operation went and the prognosis that the specialist his given him as to what is possible,” he said, per the Mirror.
“But of course we are conscious that with any injury of that nature, there is a guide and a time defined, but that anything can happen along the way.
“We know it is going to be close to the end of the season, we will just have to see how it goes.”
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It’s not the most encouraging news in the world but at least there’s a chance. It’s certainly great to hear that Henderson feels good about things.
The next few weeks will likely dictate how Liverpool deal with the injury. If they progress in the Champions League and push for top four, they’ll want their captain back to compete in the big games.
If they fall away, then there’s far less incentive to play Henderson. In fact, it might make more sense to rest him up for a push at the title next season.
It’s a case of ‘wait and see’, then. Fingers crossed we see him before the end of May.