Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson limped off the Anfield pitch in the club's first home game of the season against AFC Bournemouth; the midfielder was reported to have sustained a foot injury and was set to under-go scans to see the extent of it.
That certainly worried a few as speculation began to surface that Henderson could be set for a lengthy lay-off with a fractured bone in his foot.
But Liverpool fans may be able to breathe a sigh of relief as reports in the Mirror suggest that the injury is not as bad as initially feared and Henderson could be fit to lead his side out in their third game of the season against Arsenal on Monday.
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Ever-since taking over the captaincy from Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard, Henderson has looked the real deal. The Englishman has marshalled his team from the centre of midfield, he has showed his defensive strengths whilst pushing his team forward, creating chances and helping himself to the occasional goal, only a few things which have seen him earn a regular starting place for the England national team.
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Under the guidance of Brendan Rodgers, Henderson has gone from fringe player to a very important part of the Liverpool manager's team.
The Northern-Irishman will also be relieved as rumour-has-it he considered a quick move for Barcelona midfielder Alex Song this week as a potential replacement for Henderson.
If indeed the injury is not as bad as feared then the Liverpool captain could be given a last minute chance to prove that he is fully fit.
This would be a big boost for the Anfield side as it would mean Brendan Rodgers was playing an unchanged team for the third successive game - something that will surely influence the way the team play together.
Must not lose?
Brendan Rodgers will certainly be hoping that his captain's presence can make a good impact as the Merseyside club will be facing one of their rivals and the Liverpool boss will know very well the importance of taking points off their fellow top-four contenders.
But as it stands, it's a race against time for Henderson, will the Liverpool skipper make it in time or will Rodgers be forced to rely on another one of his midfielders?
Liverpool fans: Do you think the reds should risk Henderson? Or should Brendan Rodgers give Emre Can the chance to start? Give us YOUR opinion in the comment box below!
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