News filtered through on Friday night that Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson's injury which had ruled the midfielder out since August was more complicated than it seemed.
Having been taken off with a heel injury in just the second game of the season against Bournemouth, Henderson was forced to watch from the sidelines as Brendan Rodgers lost his job and Jurgen Klopp came in, and fans were left frustrated as one of the team's more influential players was out with no real clue as to when he would return.
Jordan Henderson is back playing now, and made his first appearance under Klopp as a substitute against Swansea, and speaking to Sky Sports he said the following regarding his heel injury:
It's been incredibly difficult, not just for me but for the staff as well. There isn't a timescale, there isn't really a cure. That's been the most difficult part.
It's been hard but I've had good people around me like [physio] Chris Morgan and all the staff here. There have been times when I've been pretty down because we couldn't find the answers.
Now I'm at a point where I can function, where I can train and start playing some part in games. Hopefully I can continue like that and it will continue to improve.
There is nothing set in stone for this injury. A lot of people have said to keep having cortisone injections and eventually it may just rupture and that might be the relief that is needed but no one knows. It can vary. People have been out for months after a rupture and others have been out for a week or two.
These comments, particularly about there being no cure, sparked speculation that Henderson would carry this injury for the remainder of this career, but the man himself took to twitter shortly after to ease those fears:
I think the injury has been blown out of proportion. I won't be in pain the rest of my career, I just need to manage it for the time being..
— Jordan Henderson (@JHenderson) December 5, 2015
Managing injury is something that Jurgen Klopp has called out Daniel Sturridge over recently, as he had some interesting comments on the striker's pain threshold, but you would have to imagine that shouldn't be a problem for Henderson.
via Sky Sports.