Manchester United youngster D’Mani Mellor revealed he has suffered an ACL injury and is facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines.
The 19-year-old made 14 appearances for the Under-23s this season, scoring four goals and notching six assists, and was handed his senior United debut in the 2-1 defeat by Astana in the Europa League last year.
The Manchester-born forward took to Instagram to reveal the blow, writing: “Today I’ve received the news that no footballer wants to hear, that I’ve damaged my ACL.
“There’s no words to describe how devastated I felt when I got this news. I thought everything was going good, I felt fit and strong and couldn’t wait to be out there on the field playing matches.
“It’s not really sunk in yet… but it’s all part of the game and the journey. It’s going to be a long recovery, but I know that with the right people/support around me I’ll be back stronger and fitter than ever before.”
Some of Mellor’s senior teammates replied to the post with messages of support.
Juan Mata wrote: “Stay strong & speedy recovery,” while Scott McTominay added: “All the best bro, take it easy.”
Some of Mellor’s former youth team colleagues also sent their best wishes, with Brandon Williams writing: “Back before you know it brother,” and Angel Gomes commenting: “Stay positive always with u my bro”.