By Will Butcher
Jordan Henderson has been ruled out of Liverpool’s Premier League clash against Leicester City, according to a reliable journalist.
The 26-year-old is sidelined with a foot injury ahead of the showdown against Premier League champions Leicester, who are without a manager after sacking Claudio Ranieri.
Times correspondent Paul Joyce revealed on his personal Twitter account that former Sunderland midfielder Henderson could also miss Saturday’s grudge match against Arsenal.
Jordan Henderson out v Leicester . Foot injury. No break. Doubt for Arsenal.
— paul joyce (@_pauljoyce) February 27, 2017
However, Joyce did reveal that the injury sustained by England international Henderson is not because of a broken bone, which will come as a relief to manager Jurgen Klopp.
Liverpool’s number 14 picked up the injury during a training session at Liverpool’s Melwood training base, but Goal claim scans revealed that there was no fracture or break in his foot.
With a tough run of games coming up against the Foxes, Arsenal, Man City, Burnley and Merseyside rivals Everton, Klopp will be hoping Henderson can return soon.
Klopp, 49, now has the tough decision of selecting his replacement ahead of their clash against Champions League outfit Leicester, with Lucas Leiva, James Milner and Emre Can all able to play in the holding midfield role.
Football Insider verdict:
Liverpool will be devastated by the news of Henderson’s injury as the midfielder continues to shine at the base of the Reds’ midfield, with his reputation as a leader growing in the footsteps of Anfield legend Steven Gerrard. The loss of Henderson could also prove to a blow for England manager Gareth Southgate, with upcoming fixtures against Germany and Lithuania in March. Henderson’s form would have made him one of Southgate’s first names on the Three Lions’ squad list, but could now miss out. Liverpool currently sit in fifth and will be counting on their skipper to return and inspire them to a Champions League finish come May.
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