Ben Woodburn is due to return to Liverpool from his loan spell at Oxford for treatment on a metatarsal injury sustained last weekend.
The Evening Standard reported that the 19-year-old is set to go for surgery on a fractured metatarsal and could be out of action for the next three months, depending on the results of the scan.
According to the Evening Standard, the teenager is likely to return to Liverpool to undergo rehabilitation from the injury if an operation on the fracture is required.
It has now been nearly three years since Woodburn burst onto the scene at Liverpool with a goal against Leeds in the EFL Cup on just his second senior appearance, which made him the club’s youngest scorer of all time, as noted by The Guardian.
The teenager had nine first team appearances to his name by the end of that season, but made only two more in 2017/18 and has since had loan spells in the Football League at Sheffield United and Oxford.
Neither of those spells have gone especially well for Woodburn, having failed to score in an injury-hit spell at the Blades, for whom he played only eight times and started just twice. [via TransferMarkt]
He had been getting more frequent gametime at Oxford in recent weeks, his start against Accrington Stanley at the weekend his 11th for the club in League One, but his only goal came against Bristol Rovers in late August.
Woodburn is still only 19, so time is very much on his side to bounce back from his metatarsal injury and build on the promise that he showed in getting a run of games in Liverpool’s first team in 2016/17.
However, his career hasn’t really progressed from that breakthrough campaign, whereas another young Reds forward in Rhian Brewster excelled in pre-season with four goals and has been involved with the first team in recent weeks.
Liverpool also have Harry Wilson to come back from his loan spell at Bournemouth, where he has already scored three goals in seven Premier League appearances on top of the 18 he netted on loan at Derby last term.
2020 could be a definitive year for Woodburn’s Liverpool career. Having been deemed dispensable enough to be loaned out twice, and having not been prolific in the Football League, right now it’s hard to see him ever making it at Anfield.
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