By Felix Law.
While Manchester United fans are yet to come to terms with the recent injury of star defender Eric Bailly, it seems like adding salt to injury considering the long term injury suffered by academy graduate James Wilson last week while on loan at Derby County.
This is the forward’s second long term injury in his young career having suffered an ankle injury while with United’s U-18 in 2011 which kept him out for five months. The forward made his breakthrough in 2014 after netting a brace on his debut against Hull City.
Last season, James was on a season long loan at Brighton where he scored five goals In 25 Championship league games for the club who lost out on promotion to Middlesbrough in the play-offs. Steve McClaren is going to miss the services of the forward who is yet to score for the club having made four league appearances so far.
At 20, James has seen his chances of seeing game time at United restricted despite a promising start for the first time under Louis Van Gaal last two seasons. The injury is not just a sad development for United but also for the Staffordshire born forward who will have to sit out for at least seven months as a result of the cruciate ligament injury.