James Wilson has returned to Manchester United from his loan spell with Derby County after suffering a knee injury.
Wilson picked up the injury while training with Derby on Monday, ahead of the Rams’ clash with Brentford in the Championship. While the club decided to describe the injury as “significant”, several newspaper outlets suggest the England Under-21 international has damaged his anterior cruciate ligament.
He has returned to the Red Devils for further scanning and assessment, but the club fear he may be forced to spend the remainder of the season on the sidelines.
United issued a statement on their official website, which read: “Manchester United striker James Wilson has returned to the club for an assessment on a significant knee injury sustained while on loan at Derby County. Everybody at United wishes Willo a speedy recovery.”
Wilson sealed a season-long loan switch to Derby in August. Following the arrival of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, United had an overabundance of options up front, with Wayne Rooney, Anthony Martial, and Marcus Rashford all fighting for a place in the starting XI. Wilson’s options were bound to be limited then, and as a result, the club decided to send him out on loan.
Prior to the injury, he had started three games for the Rams in the Sky Bet Championship, and made one appearance off the bench.
He was on the score sheet for the first time in Derby colours earlier this month, in the Checkatrade Trophy draw with Doncaster Rovers.
Wilson made his Manchester United debut under Ryan Giggs in 2013, after the Welshman took over from the sacked David Moyes. The youngster announced himself to the Old Trafford faithful with two well taken goals. He went on to make a further 19 appearances for the club’s first team, and scored four goals overall.
He is highly rated at Old Trafford, and is aiming to prove himself to Jose Mourinho, who was appointed as the new manager in the summer. The injury will therefore, come as a massive blow.