While the club is keeping quiet on the specifics of Jordan Henderson's heel injury, his likely recovery schedule, or just what his trip to the United States to see a specialist this week, one thing we do know is that having been examined earlier in the week he has now completed an unspecified treatment for the injury.
There was some fear that the player may have had to undergo surgery for the injury, which was furthered when the specialist's son Tweeted about his father "being able to do a surgery on Jordan Henderson," but it turns out to have been a far more minor procedure. Instead of an invasive surgery, the treatment involved a series of shots to the injured area.
That means there will be no additional recovery time for Henderson—at least not beyond whatever would be needed to overcome the injury itself—and the player reportedly remains in contention to face Norwich on Sunday. He is expected to return to England today, and he will be examined by team doctors when he arrives in Liverpool tomorrow.
Henderson picked up his ankle injury in training ahead of Liverpool's match against Bournemouth on August 17th but, after being cleared by the medical staff, asked to start the match. He lasted until just after the half before having to be taken off, and it's hard not to wonder why the club chose not to err on the side of caution with their captain.
At home against a side that will be almost certainly be nearer the bottom of the table than the top come the end of the year, Liverpool should have had the options in depth to allow Henderson to rest. Instead, he's now missed a month of action, and though there appears to be hope of a return this weekend, it remains far from certain when he will be back.
While Henderson prepares to return to England, his teammates are currently on their way to Bordeaux for tomorrow's Europa League match, with regulars James Milner, Lucas Leiva, Nathaniel Clyne, Martin Skrtel, Christian Benteke, and Dejan Lovren all having been left off the travelling squad.