Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson remains a serious doubt against Arsenal at the Emirates on Monday (24 August), having been substituted early in the second half against Bournemouth with an injury.
The midfielder was carrying the injury into the game and was under the influence of pain killers. Having failed to complete the game and being forced off, it is unsure if he will recover in time for the game against the Gunners.
The Mirror reports that the player does not have a fracture but has a real problem with the ball of his foot and may be just short for their trip to the Emirates, where they had to face a heavy defeat last season. The Gunners put in a brilliant display last season to win the game 4-1 through goals from Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil, Hector Bellerin and Olivier Giroud.
However, Liverpool are a much changed side this time around and come into the fixture having taken full points from their last two games. Brendan Rodgers has added seven members to the team thus far, including a massive deal for Christian Benteke, who opened the scoring for the Reds in their first home game, albeit in controversial fashion.
The Mirror had previously reported that Henderson would be available for their game against Arsenal but lack of progress in fitness has stalled the situation and Rodgers is looking at prospective options to replace him against Arsenal.
Emre Can, who received a red card the last time these two teams met, is likely to make the cut should the England international fail to shrug off the injury on time.
Meanwhile, the Gunners have their own injury worries to look at, with Danny Welbeck, Jack Wilshere and Tomas Rosicky still unavailable for the game. Welbeck and Wilshere are expected to be back after the international break while Rosicky, who has undergone surgery, will be out for much longer.
Alexis Sanchez, who started against Crystal Palace, is expected to reclaim his position in the starting eleven, in spite of not being 100% fit, having only returned to London at the beginning of August. The Chilean ran Liverpool ragged in the same fixture last season and Wenger will be hoping he can replicate his form and earn the Gunners a much needed win.