Jordan Henderson's season is over after injuring his knee against Borussia Dortmund on Thursday. Liverpool's captain will most likely miss the Euros this summer after being ruled out for six to eight weeks with a knee injury. Unfortunate news for the 25-year-old after a mixed season with form and injury.
Henderson has been a reliable midfielder over the past couple of seasons in terms of fitness, application, and to the surprise of some, productivity. His direct movement off the ball into space provided Liverpool with much-needed verticality from midfield, especially in a midfield three. Once Jürgen Klopp settled on a double pivot in midfield, Henderson and Emre Can were his first-choice pairing. Liverpool will be without both against Stoke City this weekend after Can earned a suspension after accumulating 10 yellow cards in domestic competitions this season.
Ligament damage in a knee isn't something to rush back from, and the best course of action would be to sit out the Euros in order to fully recover from injury. Henderson will obviously be disappointed to miss the opportunity to represent his country against continental competition given that he started six out of ten qualifying games under Roy Hodgson. What should be more of a concern is ensuring that he is free from injuries to be the durable and reliable midfielder who slowly earned respect after a big money move from Sunderland nearly five years ago.
The good news among the bad is that the captain won't require surgery. Just days ago Henderson spoke of his battle with plantar fasciitis and regaining the physicality in his game. It is hoped that this setback will be the last for a long while.