Jurgen Klopp has admitted that he still doesn’t know when skipper Jordan Henderson will be back in training.
And that must now cast doubt on the midfielder’s chance of making the England squad for the Euros, with the Liverpool captain running out of time to stake his claim.
Henderson is a key member of Gareth Southgate’s team, and the national team boss is sure to offer the 29-year-old every chance to prove his fitness before the European Championships begin in June.
But speaking about his captain, Reds boss Klopp indicated that the player is not yet close to a return to training, following surgery on a serious groin injury he suffered in February.
And the German coach admitted that he still doesn’t know if Henderson can return to training soon. When asked that question, he replied: “Don’t know. He is not in training yet, I think we can say that. All the rest we can see.
“I don’t want to comment too much and give a running commentary. He looks good, that is the good news but not in training yet.”
The news means that Henderson will not be ready to face Leeds on Monday night, or Newcastle next weekend.
And given that he will require at least a couple of weeks fitness work before Klopp considers him for first team action, that would also suggest he is unlikely to make the team for the visit to Manchester United on May 1.
That would leave only four matches for Henderson to prove his fitness before Southgate names his squad for the Euros, and leave the England manager with a big decision.
Southgate has previously admitted that he knows “it is going to be close to the end of the season”, and he explained that he will wait to make any decision on such an important player to his squad.