Gareth Southgate has revealed Jordan Henderson could be unavailable for England’s Euro 2020 opening fixture next weekend.
The update will come as a fresh blow for the Liverpool captain, who has been working hard on his recovery, having already missed the conclusion of his side’s domestic season.
Henderson was hopeful of marking his return to action for the first time since February this year during the Three Lion’s friendly against Austria earlier in the week but was not risked after he complained of discomfort.
The midfielder is expected to train as normal today and could still feature in the final pre-tournament fixture against Romania on Sunday but it may not be enough for him to earn a place against Croatia.
When speaking about Henderson’s chance of playing, Gareth Southgate said: “I dont think it would be fair to rule him out of it but I think its clear to everyone how much football hes missed.
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“The timelines are getting more difficult with each training session he might miss.
“But Im being very realistic about whats possible here. Its a decision we took (to select Henderson) because we have been able to take extra players and we feel he is such an important influence around the place.
“If we can get him close to being able to contribute on the pitch against Croatia that will be a real bonus at the moment.”
Liverpool fans will be hoping to see at least one of their team’s stars recover from injury and feature for their national side this summer after Trent Alexander-Arnold was forced to pull out of the squad.
The Liverpool defender pulled up in the last minutes of England’s friendly win at the Riverside Stadium, and was in visible discomfort when limping down the tunnel.
And a scan on Thursday has confirmed that Alexander-Arnold has suffered a grade two quad tear and is now set for a recovery period of four to six weeks.
Southgate will now name a replacement for Alexander-Arnold but will delay the decision until after Sundays warm-up fixture against Romania, with Jesse Lingard, James Ward-Prowse, Ollie Watkins, Aaron Ramsdale, Ben Godfrey and Ben White the players vying to step up, having initially been named in England’s provisional 33-man squad.
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