A new story from The Athletic details how Jordan Henderson battled against time to make it to the Euros. As we know, the Liverpool FC captain left the pitch at Anfield against Everton. Henderson didn’t play again for the rest of the season, although he did make the squad for the last game of the season.
After six days, the club announced that he’d undergone surgery on an adductor problem, and maintained that there was “no timeline on his return”, and that Henderson would only be out “initially until after the March international break”. That occured five weeks later, with Henderson still missing in action until the final day of the season.
It turns out, and we quote “the damage to his groin was so severe that Henderson had actually suffered a complete adductor avulsion, where the muscle is torn off from the bone”.
The story quotes a senior team official who says: “Make no mistake, Jordan beat the odds.” Beat the odds by even making the Euros in June, that is.”
Why he was initially declared to be out for 5-6 weeks, we’ll never know. Perhaps Henderson knew the full extent of the injury and just wanted control the flow of information to Waistcoat man and stay in contention to make the squad. Whatever the reason, it’s pretty much a miracle that he’s playing at the tournament right now.
Jordan Henderson is the only Liverpool FC player left at the Euros. England faces Denmark tonight in the second semi-final at Wembley, as England attempt to make their first major tournament final in 55 years.