James Wilson returns to Manchester United after Derby loan cut short

by Leo Nieboer

Derby County have confirmed that James Wilson‘s season-long loan at the Championship side has been ended by mutual agreement.

The youngster arrived over the summer and made three starts for the Rams before picking up a serious knee injury back in October. 

He returned to Carrington for surgery immediately after sustaining the injury and his return date is yet to be confirmed, with estimates predicting a return towards the end of the season.

Derby’s official website confirmed earlier today that Wilson would return to Old Trafford to undergo the next stage of his rehabilitation.

So, what next for Wilson? Long-term injuries have emerged as something of a kryptonite for the Englishman – whose last appearance for Man United dates back to October 2015 – over the past year or so.

He will return to full fitness by the time pre-season arrives, but spending such a lengthy period on the sidelines will always serve as a physical and mental detriment to any player, and it was evident that his performances over the summer did little to impress Mourinho, who didn’t include Wilson in his 25-man tour squad.

A long road lies ahead for Wilson, and supporters will be curious to see whether he ever features in a red shirt again.

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