Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson out for the season but has ‘a chance’ of making Euros

Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson ruled out for the season but Jurgen Klopp says he has ‘a chance’ of making the Euros with England

Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson will not play again for his club this season but Jurgen Klopp says the midfielder has a chance of making it back for Euro 2020.

Speaking at his Wednesday press conference, Klopp said of his captain’s groin issue: ‘Hendo’s injury is completely different. 

‘He’s not training or playing at the moment so it’s a decision taken by Gareth (Southgate) and Hendo. I think there’s a chance (he plays at the Euros) for sure. Unfortunately, not for us but for England.

Jordan Henderson faces a race against time to be fit for England’s Euro 2020 campaign

Henderson sustained the injury in Liverpool's defeat against Everton at Anfield in February

Henderson sustained the injury in Liverpool’s defeat against Everton at Anfield in February

‘He hasn’t trained with the team but around the last week (of the season) he will have a chance to train with us and he will be properly rested.’ 

Henderson, 30, sustained the injury in February’s defeat against Everton at Anfield and his absence for the rest of the campaign is a blow to Liverpool’s slender hopes of finishing in the top four.

It is another big concern for England boss Gareth Southgate after Manchester United defender Harry Maguire was forced off with an ankle injury against Aston Villa at the weekend. The central defender was on crutches at Old Trafford on Tuesday to watch his team’s game against his old club Leicester. 

The Henderson news comes on the day another influential Liverpool player in Virgil van Dijk ruled himself out of this summer’s tournament with Holland.

Van Dijk was left crocked with an ACL injury from a wild challenge by Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford back in October.

Klopp said: ‘With Virgil it’s one of the most serious injuries you can get. I don’t know how it came up that he had a chance for the Euros because of the average length of recovery. 

‘It’s going really well and the plan is for us to have him back for pre-season and even that is not sure. Euros were in the wrong moment but good news for Holland and when he is fit, because we cannot force it, it will be 100 per cent and the next big tournament for Holland is coming. 

‘We have to be patient. For a player the start of rehab is really tough, pain like crazy, you’re worrying. 

‘You then make steps and you get more positive. Now it takes the pressure off Virgil and he can focus on right things.’

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Man United: Harry Maguire’s Euro 2020 hopes won’t determine Europa League selection, says Solskjaer

Harry Maguire’s hopes of playing for England at Euro 2020 WON’T be a factor in his selection for the Europa League final if match-fit, says Ole Gunnar Solskjaer… with Manchester United captain currently on crutches after damaging ankle ligaments

  • Harry Maguire picked up an ankle injury for Manchester Utd against Aston Villa 
  • It is a race against time to see if Maguire is fit for the Europa League final 
  • Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists Maguire’s availability for England isn’t his concern
  • Rio Ferdinand spoke of the dilemma as Maguire gets fit for both club and country

Harry Maguire’s hopes of playing for England at Euro 2020 won’t be a factor in Manchester United’s bid to get their captain fit for the Europa League final, says Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Maguire is on crutches after damaging ligaments in his left ankle at Aston Villa on Sunday, and Solskjaer insists United will do all they can to have him available for the clash with Villarreal in Gdansk in two weeks’ time.

There are fears Maguire could be taking a risk if he rushes back too soon, with England set to kick off their Euro 2020 campaign against Croatia in a month’s time.

Harry Maguire is on crutches after damaging ligaments in his left ankle at Aston Villa

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says England is not his concern and the issue won’t affect Utd’s thinking

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says England is not his concern and the issue won’t affect Utd’s thinking

There are fears Maguire could be taking a risk if he rushes back too soon

There are fears Maguire could be taking a risk if he rushes back too soon

But Solskjaer says that England is not his concern and the issue won’t affect United’s thinking as they prepare for Villarreal.

‘You always try to look after players long-term,’ said the Norwegian. ‘If he’s fit he’ll play for us, if he’s not he won’t.

‘We’re hopeful he’s ready and if he’s ready for us he’ll be ready for the Euros. Norway’s not in the Euros, I’m not really that concerned.

‘The good news is it wasn’t broken. There was no fracture, but a ligament injury is serious. If I’m very positive that is maybe stretching it, I’m hopeful he might be ready for it.

‘I don’t think he’ll play in the league again, but we’ll do everything we can to get him ready for the final.’

Former United and England centre back Rio Ferdinand emphasised the dilemma facing Maguire as he tries to get fit for club and country.

Maguire was a star performer in England's run to the semi-finals of the 2018 World Cup

Maguire was a star performer in England’s run to the semi-finals of the 2018 World Cup 

‘His heart will have been in his mouth thinking “am I going to be ready?”. The first big European final he’s going to be involved in,’ said Ferdinand.

‘It didn’t look nice at the time. I’ve had ankle ligament problems before and you can’t mess about with them. You’re either fit or you’re not, there’s no real in between.

‘The conundrum he’s got is that if he does play and forces his way into this game, which you would expect from your captain, he’s risking himself for the Euros. It’s a massive call.’

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The FA will try to speed up passing Online Harms Bill amid fears it could drag out until next YEAR

The FA will lean on the Government to try to speed up passing the Online Harms Bill targeting sickening social media abuse amid fears it could drag out until next YEAR

  • English football is planning its next move against the rising online abuse problem
  • Laws are being brought in to fine social media companies for failing to combat it
  • Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden insists the bill will be introduced by December
  • There are concerns it will be well into 2021 before the laws can be fully enforced 

The FA will pressure the Government to fast-track the Online Harms Bill amid fears the process could run well into 2022.

English football is plotting its next move in the fight against online abuse players receive after the conclusion of the historic social media boycott on Monday night.

Whitehall is currently in the process of introducing legislation that could see social media companies such as Twitter and Instagram fined tens of millions of pounds for failure to sufficiently combat online abuse.

There are fears the process of formaliy introducing the Online Harms Bill will run into 2022

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden insists the bill will be introduced by the end of December

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden insists the bill will be introduced by the end of December 

Culture secretary Oliver Dowden insists the bill will be introduced by the end of December, but there are concerns that it could be well into next year before new laws can be fully enforced. 

Plans to introduce new online regulations are set to be officially unveiled in the Queen’s Speech next Tuesday with hope Parliamentary discussions in the House of Commons can conclude by the end of autumn and introduced by the end of 2021.

The Online Harms Bill must be awarded Royal Assent in the House of Lords for it to become a UK Act, and there is concern the entire process will go well into 2022.

A social media blackout movement was carried out over the weekend to raise awareness

A social media blackout movement was carried out over the weekend to raise awareness

The blackout comes as Facebook were again accused of turning a blind eye to discrimination

The blackout comes as Facebook were again accused of turning a blind eye to discrimination

Once the bill is passed, Ofcom will be tasked with enforcing the new legislation — which will likely add more time to the process. Ofcom are still to appoint a new chairman, which could add further delays.

FA chiefs will call on the Government to expedite the bill while also urging Parliament to ensure the new laws are tough enough to tackle the issue.

While there is an acknowledgement within English football that the success of the social media boycott is virtually impossible to measure, the FA are determined to pressurise the Government and social media firms to ensure change happens.

The governing body will this morning reaffirm their position to fight not only online racial abuse but all types of discriminatory posts directed at players after extensive discussions with a host of players. 

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Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl fears star striker Danny Ings won’t play again this season

Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl fears star striker Danny Ings won’t play again this season due to a hamstring injury as England ace faces race against the clock to get fit for Euro 2020

  • Hasenhuttl admits he doesn’t know if Danny Ings will play again this season
  • Southampton’s star striker picked up a hamstring problem against Tottenham
  • The 28-year-old is yet to return to training and is a doubt for this summer’s Euros
  • Ings’ fine form has put him in contention to make Southgate’s England squad 

Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl does not know whether influential top scorer Danny Ings will play again this season, making him a major doubt for this summer’s Euros.

Ings was forced off by a hamstring problem in last week’s 2-1 defeat by Tottenham after scoring his 10th Premier League goal of the campaign.

The 28-year-old England international has not returned to training and will definitely be absent for Friday evening’s game at home to Leicester.

Ings pulled up with a hamstring injury during the club's 2-1 defeat by Tottenham last week

Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl (left) has admitted that he doesn’t know if Danny Ings (right) will play again this season after he picked up a hamstring injury last week

‘It (Ings’ injury) is not worse than it looked; I don’t know if he comes back for the last few games (of the season),’ Hasenhuttl said.

‘We have Liverpool and then five games in two weeks so we need every player.’

His fine form up front for the Saints has put him into contention for a place in Gareth Southgate’s 26-man squad.

However, should he fail to recover in time, Ings will cruelly have to watch the tournament from the comfort of his own home.

Ings scored his 10th Premier League goal of the season in the 2-1 defeat by Tottenham

Ings scored his 10th Premier League goal of the season in the 2-1 defeat by Tottenham

However, he pulled up with the hamstring issue not long after and was subbed off

However, he pulled up with the hamstring issue not long after and was subbed off

Before pulling up with a hamstring injury at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, Hasenhuttl told Ings to ‘forget about making the England squad’ and instead focus on turning Southampton’s season around. 

‘This is always my job, to bring the best out of every player,’ the Saints boss said earlier this month. ‘If he has a (place in the) Euros or not, he is part of this club.

‘He has a contract with this club, so that contract means he has to do everything and just to help us, this is the deal we made. I don’t care about the mentality for the Euros – this is something like a bonus for him.

‘The most important thing is that he helps us win games, that he helps us in climbing the table. This is the deal we have with him, and so long as he is here, he tries to give his part to this deal and we give our part of the deal.

Ings is running out of time to force his way into Southgate's thinking before Euro 2020 in June

Ings is running out of time to force his way into Southgate’s thinking before Euro 2020 in June 

‘We offer him everything that is possible to make him better – and this is how it should be with every player.’

But Hasenhuttl feels Ings has all the qualities needed to make Southgate’s final 23-man cut.

‘Ingsy is definitely one of them (players in contention) and when he is fit, when he plays well and when he scores, then he must be part of this (England squad),’ Hasenhuttl added.

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Leicester winger Harvey Barnes out for the rest of the season with knee injury

Leicester winger Harvey Barnes out for the rest of the season after setback in his recovery from a knee injury as hopes of a late push for Gareth Southgate’s England squad for Euro 2020 are ended

  • Harvey Barnes ruled out of the remainder of the season and also Euro 2020
  • Leicester winger required a second ‘minor operation’ on his injured knee
  • Barnes was initially looking at six weeks out and hoping to make the FA Cup final
  • But Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers has revealed he won’t be back this season
  • It ends any chance Barnes had of winning a place in the England squad  

Brendan Rodgers has confirmed Harvey Barnes will miss the rest of the season after suffering a setback in his recovery from a knee injury.

Winger Barnes has required a second ‘minor operation’ after initially damaging his knee in Leicester’s defeat against Arsenal in February.

He was facing at least six weeks out and hoping to be fit in time for the FA Cup final against Chelsea on May 15, Leicester’s penultimate game of the season.

Leicester winger Harvey Barnes will miss the remainder of the season with his knee injury

Barnes was carried from the field on a stretcher during Leicester's loss to Arsenal in February

Barnes was carried from the field on a stretcher during Leicester’s loss to Arsenal in February

But Rodgers revealed: ‘He has just gone in to have a second, only a minor operation just to clear up some of the damage in his knee so it will probably rule him out for the rest of the season but the plan is really to get him through this second little operation and be back for pre-season and fit and ready for next season.’

Barnes had been in brilliant form this season, scoring 13 times in 36 games, and was being touted for an England call up ahead of this summer’s Euros.

Any hopes of making a late push for Gareth Southgate’s squad are cruelly now over for Barnes though.

Rodgers said: ‘Yes, yes I would think so. It’s a shame because he has been absolutely outstanding this season for us and we hoped he could be back to play some part but it’s not to be. The most important thing is to get his knee right and get him ready for next season.

Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers has confirmed Barnes needed a second operation

Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers has confirmed Barnes needed a second operation

Barnes had enjoyed an excellent season and was being tipped by some for the England squad

Barnes had enjoyed an excellent season and was being tipped by some for the England squad

‘He’s disappointed but clearly understood it was always going to be difficult for him [to get back for the final].

‘He and we were fully aware, I mentioned at the beginning, it was an injury that at best was going to be six weeks and it can be up to 12 weeks so he’s in, what, I think it will be his seventh-odd week.

‘It’s just a minor issue around that and it was a case of do we deal with it now or let it settle or do we do something about it and unfortunately it will put him out of the next number of weeks but hopefully ensure he is back with everyone else for pre-season so he was keen to go down that route.

‘It’s just unfortunate for him but he is positive now about getting back and being ready for the new season.’

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England: Phil Foden MUST start at Euro 2020, insists Micah Richards after another ‘sublime’ display

Phil Foden MUST start for England at Euro 2020, insists Micah Richards after comparing his ‘sublime’ Wembley display to ‘playing in the playground’ as he shines again to help Manchester City lift the League Cup

Micah Richards insisted ‘sublime’ Phil Foden must start for England at the European Championships after another dazzling display in the Carabao Cup final.

The 20-year-old was in fine form at Manchester City were crowned Carabao Cup champions for the fourth straight year with a victory over Tottenham at Wembley.    

Foden’s impressive displays have had fans licking their lips at the prospect of him starring for England this summer, and Richards insisted the playmaker should be a guaranteed starter for manager Gareth Southgate. 

Micah Richards insisted Phil Foden must start for England at Euro 2020 this summer

‘This player (Foden) is sublime. There is Grealish that I have talked up, who I love. There is Mount, who I love as well’, Richards told Sky Sports after City’s 1-0 victory.

‘But this guy here, he plays like he is playing in the playground with his friends but what he has improved on, is becoming a key player. It isn’t flashes of brilliance, he is making a difference. Look at the way he just swivels. 

‘He is so comfortable on the ball, he always seems to play the right pass at the right time.’

The midfielder was in fine form as he helped Manchester City win the Carabao Cup

The midfielder was in fine form as he helped Manchester City win the Carabao Cup

Fellow pundit Jamie Redknapp was similarly in awe of the midfielder, saying: ‘He never looks at the ball. The best players always know where the ball is. He plays with his chest out and knows the picture before it has happened. 

‘Every day training at that club with those players, must be like a masterclass. He is great for the game this young man. 

‘A few weeks ago, I thought maybe he won’t start but he could finish games (for Eng). But right now in that form, he has got to start him.’ 

Richards claimed Foden 'plays like he is playing in the playground with his friends'

Richards claimed Foden ‘plays like he is playing in the playground with his friends’

The wealth of creative options at the Three Lions’ disposal has led to debate over which players should start, with Redknapp questioning how you fit all the players into the starting 11.

Mason Mount and Jack Grealish have been similarly impressive this season, and Richards claimed all three would have a starting spot nailed on if he was the England manager.

‘This is the problem Southgate has got. You have Mount, Grealish, a lot of players but you can’t not start him at the Euros,’ said Redknapp.

But Richards added: ‘Mount, Grealish and Foden – they all start for me.’

The former player and now pundit says Gareth Southgate has to start Foden on current form

The former player and now pundit says Gareth Southgate has to start Foden on current form

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