By North-west correspondent Alex Stevens
Jordan Henderson has been ruled out for the reason of the season with knee ligament damage, Football Insider sources understand.
The Liverpool skipper is set to be sidelined for between two and three months after undergoing a scan on Friday that showed damage to the lateral collateral ligament.
A well-placed Liverpool source has told Football Insider that another midfielder from the club, Lazar Markovic, who is on a season-long loan at Fenerbahce, is also set to miss the rest of the campaign due to a complicated hamstring injury.
The loss of Henderson is a blow to Liverpool, who gave themselves an excellent chance of reaching the Europa League semi-finals after scoring a precious away goal in their quarter-final first leg against Borussia Dortmund on Thursday night.
Henderson was substituted at half-time in Germany after landing awkwardly on his knee in the opening period of the 1-1 draw.
He will not require surgery, only a period of rest and recovery, but he will not play for Liverpool again this season and is almost certain to also be ruled out of England’s Euro 2016 squad.
Meanwhile, the campaign is also almost certainly over for Markovic, 22, after he went to see a specialist in Portugal about his third hamstring injury of the season.
The Serbia international has been given a special programme to recover from the latest in a series of injuries to affect his spell in Istanbul.
In total, Markovic has played 20 matches in all competitions this season, scoring two goals, missing as many games as he has figured in.
He has not appeared in the Turkish league since 5 February as a result of the complicated hamstring problem that has sidelined him for two months.
In other Liverpool injury news, Lucas Leiva is set to come into contention to play in Sunday’s Premier League clash against Stoke after six weeks on the sidelines.