Friday, 3 March 2017

Liverpool’s Henderson ruled out of clash against Arsenal (see shocking reasons)

Jurgen Klopp has ruled Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson out of Saturday’s game against Arsenal, but did confirm Dejan Lovren is back in training ahead of the clash at Anfield.

Henderson missed the 3-1 defeat at Leicester City on Monday night due to a bruised foot sustained in training last week, while Lovren has been forced to sit out Liverpool’s last three games with a persistent knee injury.

Daniel Sturridge, meanwhile, has been unable to participate in full training this week as a result of a hip strain.

Klopp admitted at a news conference on Friday afternoon he was unsure whether Lovren would be able to feature in the evening kick-off, with the centre-back having been sidelined for over a month.
“For Jordan it will be too soon, for sure,” the Liverpool manager said. “That will take time.

“Dejan, we will see. He [did] part of team training the day before yesterday, and then yesterday he was in full team training.

“Now we have to see how he reacts on this. He will be involved in training again, if nobody tells me anything different. Then we have to make a decision.

“It’s not the longest, he was out for pretty much four weeks, [he has been] training for three days and in the end I have to make a decision. I am not sure about it [at the moment].”

Sturridge was forced to return home early from Liverpool’s recent midseason trip to La Manga, Spain, due to a viral infection.

Klopp said the striker has recovered from his illness, but suffered another setback during a rehabilitation session.

“Daniel was ill — really, really ill. Now he has a strain in his hip muscle. It happened in the rehab session,” he added.

“It’s not the biggest one, it’s very small, but it keeps him out of normal training for probably another week. In this week he can train, but not in team training.”

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