Jordan Henderson has been ruled out of England’s clash with Iceland and sent back to Liverpool in a potentially huge blow to the Reds.

Henderson, the Reds captain, was withdrawn at half-time of England’s 2-0 defeat by Belgium on Sunday, with manager Gareth Southgate later revealing ‘tightness’ which would be looked in to.

It has now been confirmed the England star will not feature against Iceland on Wednesday evening, while Man City’s Raheem Sterling has also been sent back to his club for ‘further assessment’.

While Southgate will rue not having one of his key players available – even though the Nations League clash is a dead rubber – the real worry right now is for Jurgen Klopp.

The Liverpool boss is already facing a defensive injury crisis with Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez possibly sidelined for the remainder of the season, and Trent Alexander-Arnold missing for the foreseeable future.

Henderson’s midfield partner Fabinho has filled in at centre-back recently, although he’s also been suffering from a thigh issue and Klopp would prefer not to drop him into the back-line if Henderson is already facing a period on the sidelines.


Courtois named LaLiga Santander Player of the Month for January

The Real Madrid shotstopper lands the prize after enjoying a stellar month in which he was beaten just once and was on the winning side in all three of his outings.

Real Madrid’s Thibaut Courtois has been crowned the LaLiga Santander Player of the Month for January. The Belgian glovesman sparkled in the first month of the year to lead his team to the top of the standings, with a record of three wins in as many games and just one goal conceded.

The Madrid custodian got January up and running with an inspired display at the Coliseum Alfonso Perez, where he pulled off a string of noteworthy saves as Los Blancos brushed Getafe CF aside in a comfortable 3-0 win. In his next game, Sevilla FC came up against a colossal Courtois, who was an assured presence between the sticks as Madrid ran out 2-1 winners. To round off a perfect month, Courtois kept a clean sheet as Zinedine Zidane’s charges eked out a 1-0 away triumph against R. Valladolid CF.

Courtois will collect his award in front of the Santiago Bernabeu faithful, before Real Madrid take on RC Celta on 16 February in a 21:00 (CET) kick-off. Read more