Looks like no Manchester United midfielder can escape injury this season

by Sam Peoples

Nick Powell was forced to withdraw from England’s Under-21s duty this week due to injury and returned to Wigan Athletic for further treatment.

At this stage, it isn’t known how serious the injury is or whether it will force him to miss their Championship game against Brighton this weekend but an injury would be a cruel way to stop Powell’s current rich vein of form with Wigan. He has scored five goals in 14 appearances so far and has become a central figure in their promotion push in a very productive loan spell.

Given how little game time Angelo Henriquez had on loan at Wigan last year, there were fears that Powell could suffer the same fate but his loan move has been the polar opposite in that respect. Owen Coyle has been very effusive in his praise for Powell and has every belief that he will become a first team player for Manchester United in the future from what he has seen of the youngster at Wigan.

That means Carrick, Fellaini, Jones, Cleverley and Powell have all suffered injuries at points this season. United midfielders seem to have a permanent injury curse, even those away on loan. Hopefully, Powell’s withdrawal from the England Under-21s squad was nothing more than precaution and he will be fit in time for Brighton.

Will Keane also left Under-21s duty after he trained with the squad for a week and there are reports that he will be sent to Wigan on loan as well.

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