Jordan Henderson is making his first game since February when England played against Romania in their last friendly match for Euro 960 on Sunday, with Gareth Southgate suggesting that Harry Maguire "should be fit" for a place in the tournament.
Henderson has not played since Liverpool's loss to Everton three and a half months ago and a groin injury, but he is hopeful he may be eligible for the role when England opens their campaign against Croatia next Sunday. if he came out unharmed, he was lifted. Henderson was not ready to face Austria on Wednesday, but Southgate is enthusiastic about getting any chance to play a major role next month.
“The plan, as on Wednesday, is to have him in the game,” Southgate said. “The last two or three days of training have been much more positive for him. I think having a scan that showed no problems has helped her to advance her confidence, rehabilitation and education. I think she's noticeably happier on her own, and that's a positive sign.”
Maguire has not had a chance to play against Romania in Middlesbrough and did not want to go into details about his Southgate return. from ankle ligament injury. He said the central defender would be eligible to play during the tournament, although his chances of playing before the knockout stage seemed uncertain.
“In case of any injury, it is impossible to predict 45,” he said. . “Our medical team is particularly pleased with its progress over the past few days. So we know there's always that risk, but all the guidance is that he has to be available and that's about when he can re-train with the group and how fast we can move him forward.
“But of course there is a risk with any injury that you should only have a minor setback – and two or three days here or there really, really impact those timelines. I'm very realistic about it, and if we didn't have it, we chose a roster on the basis that we had players to come in. If he's fit and available, that's a bonus for us. ”