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Sunderland: International call-up ruins youngster’s season

Sunderland: International call-up ruins youngster’s season

Sunderland’s promising young midfielder, Elliot Embleton, currently on loan at League Two Grimsby Town, suffered the highs and lows of football in the past week.

Having impressed during his spell at Blundell Park, he received his latest call-up to the England Under-20 squad, but duly suffered a grade three hamstring tear during the game.

The injury is the worst kind you can get in your hamstring, with grade three being a complete muscle tear.

The extent of the injury was confirmed by Grimsby boss Michael Jolley, who told the Sunderland Echo: “We had the news on Elliot, which was not good.

“He’s got a grade three hamstring tear so unfortunately that’s going to be him for the season, which is very sad for us because he’s done so well for us, so we’re upset about that.”

Embleton, a Durham boy and Sunderland academy graduate, has featured in 27 of The Mariners’ League Two games this season and three FA Cup ties — starting in all but one of those — and has scored four goals and had four assists across the two competitions.

It is a devastating blow for both Grimsby and the player, and one that is clearly a disappointment for manager Jolley.

As awful as this is for the young midfielder, it can be used as a learning curve for him.

How a player manages the recovery and rehabilitation process, following a severe injury like this, is a great test of his character and attitude.

Sunderland’s medical team will be helping him through it, and it will be interesting to see how he comes back from it.

What do you think of Embleton’s awful news? Is he someone you could see pulling on a senior team jersey in months and years to come? Let us know your thoughts…

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