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WHY ABUSE FROM THE STANDS IS MUSIC TO MY EARS; After his injury hell Henderson will welcome any jeers.. simply because it means he'll be back in the game.

Byline: DAVID MADDOCK

THERE will be no sweeter sound in football for Jordan Henderson tomorrow than the cries of hatred from the crowd.

As the Liverpool skipper prepares to step up his return from injury, abuse from Newcastle fans would be music to his ears... because it would mean at long last he is playing.

For the last three months the England star has had to live with the fear he may not play again Eth bcts because of plantar fasciitis, chronic heel pain from a band of tissue running underneath the sole of the foot.

It is an injury medical science has not yet found a complete cure for so he has spent his lengthy lay-off with the nagging fear he may never play freely again. That is enough to deal with for a professional sportsman, but in that time Liverpool have lurched into crisis, dumped the manager who made him captain, appointed a new, charismatic boss - and revived to the point of being genuine title contenders.

All without their skipper. Which Henderson admits has been psychological torture, which in turn is why he will welcome the boos from St James' Park thats Parkthat recognise his Sunderland heritage.

"Any abuse will be like music to my ears because it means I am back playing," 25-year-old Henderson said.

"I am just so delighted to be back training and back on the pitch playing some football after all l this time out that it doesn't matter what people are shouting at me.

"With my heel there isn't a timescale, there isn't really a cure. That's been the most difficult part, never knowing how long it would be before I was back.

"You do get down, especially with this type of injury. I'd go online trying to find different things that maybe someone hadn't seen. I haven't been nice to be around for the last three months!" Standing on the sidelines watching the Jurgen Klopp revolution has been a frustration in its own right and now the man who could be the next England skipper is desperate to make up for lost time.

"What made it worse was I felt so helpless with everything that happened while I was out," he said.

"You want to be in the team to try and turn things round.

"Then when the team is doing very well you want to be part of it, want to be playing.

"So yes I felt a little helpless but I have tried to take responsibility off the field in anything the lads need and still support them by going to all the games, home and away."

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Dec 5, 2015
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