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Liverpool skipper Jordan Henderson misses rest of season

By Carl Markham

Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson's Euro 2016 hopes appear to have been ended by a knee injury which has ruled him out for up to eight weeks.

It is understood the 25-year-old damaged the lateral collateral ligament (LCL) in his left knee during Thursday's 1-1 Europa League quarter-final first-leg draw in Dortmund.

Henderson underwent a scan in Liverpool following the team's return to Merseyside yesterday to determine the extent of the injury.

While there is some positive news for the player in that it is an LCL problem and not a cruciate ligament, which is far more serious, and there is limited damage, it is still likely to sideline him for six to eight weeks - a typical LCL injury can often require three months' recovery.

However, Henderson will not require surgery, just treatment and rehabilitation.

England coach Roy Hodgson will name his Euro 2016 squad in less than five weeks' time on May 12, three days before the end of the Premier League season. It would be a gamble for Hodgson to take Henderson to France.

Meanwhile, Borussia Dortmund and Liverpool have both been charged by Uefa for offences committed by fans during their Europa League quarter-final first leg on Thursday night.

Dortmund have been charged with stairways being blocked, while Liverpool face a charge in relation to their supporters letting off fireworks at Signal Iduna Park.

The cases will be dealt with by Uefa's control, ethics and disciplinary body on May 19, the day after the Europa League final in Basel.

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