Jordan Henderson probably won’t spend much time on Liverpool’s “walking wounded” list, but he’s on it nonetheless.
Henderson suffered a hamstring injury during his recent spell with England’s national team. Following England’s 3-1 win over Scotland on Tuesday, manager Roy Hodgson broke the news of Henderson’s ailment and said he left the midfielder out of the gameday squad as a precaution.
“Jordan has a slight hamstring problem,” Hodgson said at his postgame press conference, according to the Liverpool Echo. “It’s very minor. He wanted to play, but I didn’t want to take the risk.”
Henderson has returned to Liverpool, where he will undergo further tests. His status for Sunday’s Premier League game against Crystal Palace is in doubt.
Henderson, 24, is Liverpool’s vice-captain and a key figure in the midfield. He has appeared in each of Liverpool’s 11 Premier League games and in three of four UEFA Champions League games in 2014-15. He has one goal and three assists to his credit this season.
Henderson played 90 minutes Friday in England’s 3-1 win over Slovenia in UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying. Henderson might have suffered the hamstring injury during that game or in practice between Saturday and Tuesday.
Henderson’s hamstring problem will be disappointing to Liverpool. The Reds are hoping to climb the Premier League standings (and gain some revenge for season’s epic draw) by beating Crystal Palace. The Reds then will travel to Bulgaria, where they will face Ludogorets in a must-win Champions League game.
Having Henderson at less than 100 percent will make both challenges more difficult.
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