Gareth Southgate admits he is afraid Jordan Henderson could miss Euro 2020 due to his groin injury.
Henderson had surgery on his groin last month and is expected to be on the sidelines for at least five weeks as he is still recovering. However, the Liverpool captain could be out much longer, putting his availability in doubt ahead of the Euro 2020 set to kick off in June.
"In terms of promises, we can only say that Hendo himself is very optimistic about how the operation went and the prognosis that the specialist has given him as to what is possible," Southgate said.
"We are conscious that with any injury of that nature, there is a guide and a time defined – but that anything can happen along the way. We know it’s going to be close to the end of the season and we will just have to see how it goes. He will give himself every chance of being available."
"And, of course, we also know he is likely to be a bit short of match minutes in high-level games. There are a lot of things to take into consideration but, at the moment, that is a decision that is a few weeks away."
Should Henderson fail to make it to Euro, Southgate has options in the midfield with the likes of Kalvin Phillips, Declan Rice, Jude Bellingham, and Mason Mount at his disposal.