James Wilson has returned to Manchester United for an assessment on a knee injury sustained whilst on loan at Derby County.
The youngster joined the Rams on a season-long loan back in August after failing to make Jose Mourinho‘s 25-man pre-season tour squad.
Wilson reportedly picked up the injury whilst preparing for Derby’s game against Brentford, and has returned to Manchester for a scan and assessment.
The exact severity of the injury is yet to be determined, but the club’s official website made it clear that the knock was “significant.”
Knee injuries are never afflictions one can just shake off, and the immediate diagnosis of this particular set-back being significant does not bode well for Wilson.
The best case scenario would be that no rupture or tear has occurred, meaning that a few weeks of physiotherapy and rest effectively solves the issue; the worst case scenario, on the other hand, is that some form of operating is required, leaving the Englishman sidelined for a number of months.
Such set-backs are fundamentally threatening for young talents like Wilson. The physical trauma can reap nasty effects on players still very much in the developmental stages of their careers, and Man United fans will be hopeful that this set-back doesn’t prove to be a defining moment in Wilson’s career.