Liverpool skipper Jordan Henderson has been sent to the United States in a bid to cure his troublesome heel injury.
The 25-year-old has been sidelined since playing with the ailment during the 1-0 victory over Bournemouth last month, with his recovery taking far longer than expected.
It was hoped that rest would remedy the injury Henderson aggravated by playing against the Cherries, but the England midfielder flew to New York with club doctor Andy Massey on Monday and will visit orthopaedic specialist Dr James Cozzarelli in New Jersey, where he will undergo treatment on the injury.
Henderson has missed Liverpool’s past three matches with Arsenal, West Ham and Manchester United, but it is believed surgery to correct the injury is not being considered at this current stage.
No timescale has been placed on the England international’s return, but it’s yet another piece of bad news for the club and for Brendan Rodgers.
Speaking after the victory over Bournemouth last month, the Northern Irishman said: “He had a problem with the bottom of his foot. He hadn’t trained for part of the week. He was taking some painkillers with it, and did ever so well to even be out on the field.”