Henderson in Doubt for Start Against Spurs

Clive Brunskill

Because when it rains it pours, Jordan Henderson could potentially miss Sunday's match at White Hart Lane should an ankle knock received against West Ham prove to be serious.

The hits just keep on coming. After Steven Gerrard picked up a hamstring injury that could put him out of the line-up for four-to-six weeks, Jordan Henderson may now be joining him on the bench for a short spell. The victim of a completely unnecessary Kevin Nolan tackle on the weekend, Henderson was able to finish the game against West Ham but evidently has not fared so well post-match.

James Pearce from the Liverpool Echo provided an update on Gerrard's injury status this afternoon and was instead promptly inundated with requests for Henderson updates.

That the club are hoping he could be fit for Sunday is encouraging and doesn't suggest a long-term layoff for Henderson. The midfielder was spotted around Melwood wearing a foot brace according to The Telegraph, which seems mostly precautionary if there's a possibility that he could return in time to face Spurs.

Should he be declared fit enough to make the trip to London, though, it wouldn't necessarily mean an immediate return to the line-up. At a time when Liverpool's midfield is thinner, for better or worse, due to the absence of the captain, Rodgers may not want to exacerbate Henderson's knock by playing him a full ninety. Luis Alberto seems to be making incremental moves towards the starting eleven, and there is even a fringe hope by some that room could be made for João Carlos Teixeira in Henderson's absence.

Sunday is a long way off, though, and with Henderson benefitting from an extra day of recovery this could all very well shake down to a lot of hand-wringing for nothing. I'm happy to suffer a bout of carpal tunnel if that turns out to be the case.

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