Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson is a major doubt for Euro 2016 after being ruled out for the remainder of the season with a knee ligament injury.
The Reds midfielder was replaced at half-time during the 1-1 draw at Borussia Dortmund in the Europa League.
A statement on Liverpool’s official website said a scan had revealed “isolated damage to his lateral collateral ligament”, adding that a typical layoff can stretch to three months. However, Henderson will not require surgery.
Although England’s campaign in France begins on June 11, boss Roy Hodgsonmust select his full squad on May 12 – leaving Henderson’s hopes in serious jeopardy.
Even if Henderson could make a miraculous recovery, he would be severely short of match fitness.
WHO WOULD FILL HENDERSON’S VOID IN FRANCE?
Hodgson could turn to Leicester City’s Danny Drinkwater, who impressed on his international debut against the Netherlands at Wembley last month.
Sixty-five per cent of Eurosport voters opted for Henderson in their 23-man squads using our Euro 2016 selector tool (with Drinkwater also making the plane). However, his setback offers a potential opening to James Milner, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain or Jack Wilshere.