Manchester United’s U18s boss Kieran McKenna has confirmed Tahith Chong suffered a serious knee injury against Everton last week.
The 17-year-old Dutchman twice had to go off for lengthy treatment on the sidelines and was ultimately substituted just after the 30 minute mark against Everton, leading to concerns over his fitness.
McKenna has now revealed Chong’s injury is a serious one and it’s a terrible blow to both United’s U18s and Chong himself.
Speaking after United’s U18s 5-2 win this weekend, McKenna said: “It was a pleasing morning’s work. The new boys coming in were making a good impression in a good performance.
“The story of the season really has been the goals not coming from only one source. It’s been all the forwards who play. It’s good to see Zak Dearnley back in from injury and getting a goal as well.
“Tahith has sustained quite a serious knee injury, unfortunately, but he’s a fantastic lad, a big talent and a good character. We wish him all the best and have no doubt he’ll come back stronger and better than ever.”
In 13 appearances since joining from Feyenoord, Chong scored three goals and assisted eight more for the U18s. He was a key part of an attacking trio alongside Angel Gomes and Indy Boonen who were excelling this season and it’s a cruel blow for him to suffer an injury at this stage.
I always get very worried about serious injuries at this age. As we’ve seen with the likes of James Wilson and Will Keane, young careers sometimes never recover from them but let’s hope Chong’s is one which he will be able to overcome. After all, it is his first at the club.
We’re wishing Tahith the best of luck in his recovery and will keep an eye on his rehabilitation for updates on how he is getting on.