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Liverpool's Jordan Henderson breaks bone in foot, out for two months

'Very disappointed and frustrated with the injury setback but will work hard to be back as quickly as possible'

By Gary Fennelly and PA

Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson has broken a bone in his foot during training and is set to be out for around two months.

It's understood that Henderson broke a bone in his right foot during a training session at Melwood on Friday. He is expected to undergo surgery on Monday.

It is another injury setback for the midfielder who was due to make a comeback in Sunday’s Premier League clash against Norwich City at Anfield after missing the last four matches with a heel problem.

The player had just returned from the United States after undergoing a procedure on his left heel.

The 25-year-old England international tweeted: "Very disappointed and frustrated with the injury setback but will work hard to be back as quickly as possible.

"Will be supporting the team in every way I can while I'm unable to play. Thanks for all of your support."

The Reds have netted only three times in their opening five Barclays Premier League games this season.

Liverpool fans will be hoping for a considerable boost to the tally on Sunday when Rodgers' men host Norwich, against whom the Merseyside outfit have notched 21 goals over the course of their past five meetings.

Rodgers said ahead of the contest at Anfield: "It is about risk-taking. I think, for some reason, that wee bit of risk has gone out of our game.

"We need to ensure we take those risks in order to create in the game and bring that intensity to it.

"The players have been working really hard at that over the last week or so and it only takes that one performance to spin the season around again."

Liverpool - with seven points so far, the same as newly-promoted Norwich - go into Sunday's match having lost their previous two league games, 3-0 to West Ham and then 3-1 at Manchester United.

In terms of risk-taking, Rodgers may well be thinking of the kind of individual moments of daring that saw Christian Benteke score acrobatically at Old Trafford - or Adam Lallana nutmeg an opponent before slotting in during Thursday's 1-1 Europa League draw at Bordeaux.

Prior to the Henderson injury news Rodgers had expressed his confidence about things improving for the Reds as various personnel become available again, with Daniel Sturridge and Joe Allen all in contention to make their comebacks from injury on Sunday.

Lallana himself was returning to action on Thursday after a month sidelined by a thigh problem, and Rodgers afterwards hailed the midfielder's "outstanding" goal, adding: "It was his touch and creativity which we have not seen so much of this season."

And as he looked ahead to the Norwich game, Rodgers said of Lallana: "I think when he's played he has been excellent and if he plays consistently over a period of time, Adam will reach the numbers that we would like from him - I think it is only injuries that have curbed that so far.

"His goal on Thursday will be great for his confidence. He has not been training that long, so to come through 90 minutes of a game at that level and score the goal he did shows he has got his eye back in very early and he will be looking to push on now."

Liverpool also have key playmaker Philippe Coutinho available again after he missed the United defeat due to a one-match suspension.

Defender Kolo Toure is being assessed having sustained a dead leg in the Bordeaux contest.

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