Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has expressed his hopes of seeing Reds captain Jordan Henderson return to action before the end of the season.
The 30-year-old was forced off during last weekend’s Premier League defeat to Everton with a groin problem.
On Friday, Liverpool confirmed that Henderson had undergone surgery on his adductor injury, and will be out until after the international break in March at the earliest.
However, the Reds haven’t put a clear timescale upon the England international’s return, and Klopp admitted that his injury will not be a “quick one” to recuperate from.
“The best-case scenario, I don’t know,” he told the Liverpool media team.
“It’s not a quick one, but we all hope there’s a possibility for him to play a few games this season. We will see.”
Liverpool just can’t seem to catch a break at the minute, with so many important and influential players finding themselves ruled out of action for long periods of time.
Henderson has now joined Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez, Joel Matip and Fabinho on the sidelines as the Reds continue to labour through an increasingly difficult season.
The £140,000-a-week midfielder is going to be a big absence for Klopp not only due to his quality and versatility but also his leadership skills.