Liverpool may be without captain Jordan Henderson when the Reds travel to the Emirates to face Arsenal on Monday (Watch live, 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN and online via Live Extra).
Henderson was taken off shortly after halftime in Liverpool’s win last week over Bournemouth with a foot injury, and manager Brendan Rodgers has said he is taking it “day-by-day.”
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However, based on recent a quote from the midfielder himself, it seems as if he won’t be fit for the match against Arsenal. Speaking to the Liverpool Echo:
I have done something with my heel so every time I sort of plant my foot, whether I’m running or walking, I can feel it. It has settled down over the last few days but I don’t know what it will be like in terms of Monday.
Hopefully it settles down some more. I just have to keep doing what I have been told to do by the physios in terms of treatment and hopefully it gets better.
If I do play what is the risk and how long could I be out potentially if I do something in the game? That is the problem. There are many factors that the manager and the medical team need to decide.”
Henderson admitted he has been having this issue on and off for a few months now, but the pain flared up during Liverpool’s opening match against Stoke City, and became too much to play through against Bournemouth.
If Henderson is not able to go, Lucas Leiva could be recalled to the squad after being left out of the side in Liverpool’s opening two matches. Lucas has recently been linked with a possible loan move to Turkish side Besiktas, but now he may be needed by Brendan Rodgers in the Premier League.