By Merseyside correspondent Cam Downes

Jordan Henderson is targeting next week for his Liverpool comeback, Football Insider sources understands.

The Liverpool captain returned to the UK on Wednesday after undergoing a procedure in the United States on Monday on his troublesome heel injury.

Henderson, who has missed the Merseysiders’ last three matches, is unlikely to be  rushed back into action to face Norwich in the Premier League on Sunday.

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But the midfielder is targeting next Wednesday’s Capital One Cup clash against League Two minnows Carlisle for his return to action.

Liverpool have been keen to stress that Henderson did not have surgery on his heel in the US after he flew to New Jersey to see specialist Dr John Cozzarelli at the start of the week.

It is understood that the England international has had a series of injections on his heel and that the procedure has been relatively minor.

Jordan Henderson, Liverpool

Kopping it: Jordan Henderson is working his way back to fitness

Liverpool are now waiting to see how he responds to the treatment in the hope he will soon be fit enough to return to action.

Henderson, who will be assessed in the next 24 hours at the club’s Melwood training headquarters, is privately hopeful that he will be able to play again next week.

In other Liverpool news, Brendan Rodgers will selected a weakened team for Thursday night’s Europa League clash against Bordeaux.