Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson returned to action this week but the midfielder must do so with an incurable foot injury.
The 25-year-old has returned after breaking a toe in his foot in training in August, days after he returned from America where he’d been assessed for a chronic injury known as Plantar Fasciitis.
The constant aching in the heel, described the player as “unbearable every time I planted my foot it was like a burning, stabbing, nerve pain,” is more common among dancers and fast bowlers. But despite scouring the world for advice, the player must play on with the problem.
“It is much better now but there is always that question is it going to come back?” explains Henderson.
“There isn’t a time scale, there isn’t really a cure.
“I’ve been pretty down about it 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 get better.”
It’s an injury that Jamie Carragher suffered with later in his career, but a rupture in his heel relieved the pain.
“I spoke to Carra briefly and we also spoke to quite a few experts and doctors all over the world to try and nip it in the bud,” said Henderson.
“A lot of people say keep doing cortisone injections and eventually it will probably just rupture. That might be the relief that is needed.”
Speaking in his pre-match press conference ahead of Sunday’s trip to Newcastle, manager Jurgen Klopp hinted that Henderson won’t be ready to start games quite yet.
The Reds’ captain has been traveling with the squad to away games and learning from Klopp on the training ground, a frustrating time for the midfielder.
With Daniel Sturridge having been plagued by injuries over the last two years, Liverpool will be hoping this injury doesn’t see Henderson similarly struggling long-term.
Watch Klopp’s pre-match press conference in full: