Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson underwent groin surgery last month and faces a battle to get fit for this summer’s European Championship.
The Three Lions manager
cast doubt over whether
will be available for England at Euro this summer.
Henderson is an integral part of the England squad and will be a major worry for Three Lions boss Southgate because the midfielder is the most experienced senior player.
"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,”
“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.”