Jordan Henderson has been ruled out for at least five weeks after undergoing groin surgery. The Liverpool captain’s absence is the latest blow to Jürgen Klopp in a season marked by injuries and setbacks.
Henderson will miss a minimum of five Liverpool matches as well as three England games at the end of March. He was hurt during last Saturday’s defeat by Everton.
“Henderson has successfully had a corrective procedure carried out on the adductor injury,” the club said. “He will begin a rehabilitation programme immediately.
“No specific timescale is being placed upon his return; however, the 30-year-old is ruled out initially until after the March international break.”
Henderson has been filling in at centre-back because of Liverpool’s injuries in that position. The games he will miss include a Premier League match at home to Chelsea on Thursday which could be vital in determining whether the club finish in the top four, and the Champions League second leg against RB Leipzig.
England play World Cup qualifiers at home to San Marino and Poland and away to Albania.