Jordan Henderson’s dad did not tell the midfielder until just before his surgery.
The father of Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson kept the fact he had cancer from his son in order to not affect his performances on the pitch.
Brian Henderson found out he had the disease in his throat and tongue in November 2013, but did not tell his son until earlier this year just before he went in to have surgery.
He revealed that he did this because the Reds were in the middle of such an important period in the Premier League title challenge and that the best thing the 24-year-old could do to support him was play well.
“I went to speak to Brendan Rodgers at Liverpool who was very understanding. He gave Jordan time off and the people at Liverpool were amazing,” Henderson senior was quoted by the Liverpool Echo.
“They were very understanding and gave him a lot of support.
“I said to Jordan that the best thing he could do for me when he got back to playing was try to get Man of the Match in every game.
“People didn’t realise the pressure he was under. I was so proud of him.”
The England international’s dad was still in recovery from radiotherapy and chemotherapy when his son flew out to Brazil to take part in the 2014 World Cup.
Henderson has been in fine form for the Merseysiders over the past 12 months and finally seems to have justified the £20m transfer fee the side paid Sunderland for his services back in 2011.
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