10 Liverpool games Jordan Henderson could miss after undergoing surgery

Liverpool: Klopp gives Henderson update after surgery

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Liverpool’s staggering injury crisis took another turn for the worse on Friday, with news that captain Jordan Henderson could be out for as long as eight weeks. The Reds skipper hobbled out of the Merseyside derby defeat to Everton on Saturday.

It has now been confirmed the England international has undergone surgery on his adductor and though the club have put no timescale on his recovery, reports claim he could be missing until the end of April.

Posting on social media, Henderson said: “Obviously gutted to have picked up an injury but will do everything I can to support the team while working on my rehab.”

Jurgen Klopp outlined the key role that Henderson will still need to play within the squad, as he joins the likes of Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip on the sidelines.

“They all have to be influential, that’s clear,” the Liverpool manager said. “We have so many injured players who are not available in the moment and most of them are leaders in this group.

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“They are here doing their rehab – Hendo is not here yet, but Virgil, Millie, Joe and Joel all have to be influential here and that’s what they will be. In the moment Hendo is back [in Kirkby] he has to play this role while doing his rehab.

“The best-case scenario, I don’t know. It’s not a quick one, but we all hope there’s a possibility for him to play a few games this season. We will see.”

The Reds have said Henderson will definitely be out until at least after the international break next month, ruling him out of their next five fixtures.

Trailing the top-four by five points, the champions need to rediscover their form and fast and will start with the visit to basement boys Sheffield United on Sunday.

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Henderson will also be absent for the tricky looking game against Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea, as well as Premier League games against Fulham and Wolves and the return leg of their Champions League last-16 tie with RB Leipzig.

Should his absence continue beyond the break, he could be out of action for Arsenal, Aston Villa and Leeds, while his inclusion in the two-legged European quarter finals will also be in doubt.

Meanwhile, in more positive news on the injury front, Diogo Jota is closing in on his long-awaited return to the matchday squad.

The former Wolves striker has been out of action since injuring his knee in December, but Klopp has revealed that he, along with Fabinho and James Milner are all in contention for the game against the Blades.

On Jota’s imminent return, Klopp added: “Yes, of course it’s positive. It’s not the only positive, but it is very positive that Diogo is back after a long time.

“Most of the others who are out for a long time we will not see anymore on the training pitch until the end of the season. So, yes, it is very positive.

“The way he came back to training is very positive, so we just have to make a decision about what makes sense for him, when does it make sense for him and all these kind of things.

“Fab is not yet with the team. That can happen tomorrow, if I’m 100 per cent right, he has his first session with the team. And same for James Milner.

“That’s it, all the others are long term.”

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