Jordan Henderson suffered a more severe injury than it seems, according to reports. The Liverpool captain is at Euro 2020 with England despite it all.
This comes from the Athletic. They claim Jordan Henderson actually suffered a very severe injury back in February.
The Liverpool captain left the pitch at Anfield against Everton in what was an eventual defeat. It seemed fairly innocuous at the time but Henderson didn’t play again for the rest of the season.
The club announced six days later that he’d undergone surgery on an adductor problem. But they also said there was ‘no timeline on his return’ and that they would only rule him out ‘initially until after the March international break’.
That break ended on April 3rd – about five weeks later. But from what the Athletic say, there was essentially no chance of Henderson making it back for then or even the end of the season.
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Henderson suffered severe injury
We’ll just quote the Athletic here: “the damage to his groin was so severe that Henderson had actually suffered a complete adductor avulsion, where the muscle is torn off from the bone”.
They quote a senior source from the club that says “Make no mistake, Jordan beat the odds.” Beat the odds by even making the Euros in June, that is.
We do wonder why Liverpool said Henderson might only be out for a month, though All of this suggests that was never even a remote possibility unless they were willing to be remarkably reckless with their captain.
They must have their reasons and at the end of the day, it didn’t matter. Liverpool qualified for the Champions League and all is relatively well.
His being at the Euros is a risky one, though. It’s hard to think of many players who would run such a risk by heading straight into an intense international tournament on the back of an injury like that.
But then Henderson is a little different to most. It’s clear that he’s pulled a minor miracle by making the tournament and he deserves praise for that.
Maybe he even adds another trophy to his growing collection. We hope he does – as long as he’s fit enough to add another title next season, of course.