Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson faces two months out after breaking a bone in his right foot during a training ground accident.
Henderson is now set for minor surgery on Monday on the broken metatarsal with Liverpool anticipating a lay-off of up to eight weeks.
The setback comes as a huge blow to both the club and the player, and is completely unrelated to the heel injury which has sidelined him for the last month. The Reds skipper had only just returned to the UK after consulting a specialist in the USA over the ongoing niggle.
With the problem seemingly behind him, Henderson was looking to play his way back into Brendan Rodgers’ side for Sunday’s visit to Anfield of Norwich.
But his first training session at Melwood ended in misery, with Henderson accidentally colliding with a team-mate before collapsing in agony.
The player was immediately sent for scans which revealed the grim diagnosis.
As well as missing the visit of the Canaries, Rodgers must now also do without his captain for matches against the likes of Everton on October 4 and Chelsea on October 31.
Very disappointed and frustrated with the injury setback but will work hard to be back as quickly as possible
— Jordan Henderson (@JHenderson) September 19, 2015
Rodgers has suffered damaging back-to-back defeats against West Ham and Manchester United with the anaemic manner in which Liverpool have performed bringing pressure on his reign.
The return of Henderson would have been a welcome boost, but those plans have had to be shelved.
The midfielder will also miss England’s upcoming internationals against Estonia, Lithuania, Spain and France.