LIVERPOOL captain Jordan Henderson has undergone groin surgery and now faces a battle to get fit for Euro 2020.
Henderson, 30, sustained the injury during last weekend's defeat to Everton at Anfield.
The Reds confirm the operation was successful and have initially ruled him out until after the international break in March.
The Sun exclusively revealed this week the surgery will probably cause Henderson to be sidelined for 12 weeks.
Having had the procedure, he is now likely to miss the remainder of Liverpool's season.
It also casts doubt over whether he will be available for England at Euro 2020 this summer.
A 12-week lay-off means Henderson's earliest return date is late May, shortly before England take on Austria and Romania in friendlies in early June.
It is a blow for both England and Liverpool, with the latter down to bare bones at centre-back.
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Henderson follows Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip to pick up a long-term injury issue this campaign.
As for the Three Lions, there could be a vacant position in the starting line-up by the time the Euros roll around.
That is a brilliant incentive for the likes of James Ward-Prowse, Kalvin Phillips and Ross Barkley to impress for the remainder of the season.
Henderson has 56 England caps and will need a swift recovery if he is to prove his fitness by the summer.
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