Will Keane has returned to full training today with the U21s as he steps up his recovery from a cruciate ligament injury.
The 20-year-old trained with Warren Joyce’s side and his return will be extremely welcomed by the U21s boss who has struggled with strikers.
The injury was cruelly timed for Keane as he was going to be given a spot in the first team squad by Sir Alex Ferguson before he damaged his knee on England U19s duty last June.
The #mufc u21 / reserve squad are training on an adjacent pitch. Will Keane is taking part along will Bebe, Macheda and most others
— Peter Bolton (@PeterBolton3) August 31, 2013
Up until his injury, Keane was making great strides towards earning a call up to the first team. He played an integral role in United’s treble winning season in 2011/12 that saw him earn the golden boot with the Reserves with 19 goals.
During his whole United career, Keane has been setting the goalscoring standard at every level. When with the U18s, he won the Milk Cup in 2009 and in 2010, he was named Jimmy Murphy Young Player of the Year. In both years, he was the top goalscorer.
Despite winning the U21s Barclays Premier League last year, Joyce’s side struggled without a top class striker and Keane’s return will be a real boost to the squad especially considering that the U19s will now be involved in the UEFA Champions League youth competition.