Gareth Southgate says Jordan Henderson is doubtful starter for Euro finals

Henderson, the Liverpool captain, was injured in his club’s home defeat by Everton on 20 February. He underwent groin surgery at the end of February.

Jordan Henderson faces a race against time to be fit for this year's European Championship.   -  Getty Images

England manager Gareth Southgate said midfielder Jordan Henderson faces a race against time to be fit for this year's European Championship as the Liverpool captain continues his recovery from a groin injury.

Henderson underwent groin surgery last month after picking up the injury in Liverpool's 2-0 Premier League defeat by Merseyside rival Everton on February 20 and was expected to be sidelined for at least five weeks.

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"We know it's going to be close to the end of the season, and we will just have to see how it goes," 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.

"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.

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"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."

Henderson has 58 caps for England and was a key member of Southgate's side that reached the 2018 World Cup semifinals.