Wolves have provided an encouraging update on the fitness of teenage midfielder Morgan Gibbs-White, who suffered a back injury last month.
The club’s official website wolves.co.uk reported that the 19-year-old is continuing to undergo treatment on the problem and making “steady progress”, although he has yet to return to full training with his team-mates.
The update from Wolves head of medical Phil Hayward read: “Morgan Gibbs-White continues to undergo treatment for his lower back complaint and he is making steady progress, although is yet to train with the group.” [via wolves.co.uk]
Gibbs-White injured his back just ahead of the October international break and was forced to pull out of England under-21s’ games last month, as reported by Birmingham Live.
He recovered to take his place in the squad for subsequent Premier League games and also started their Europa League win away to Slovan Bratislava three weeks ago, but that remains his most recent appearance. [via TransferMarkt]
The back injury has continued to trouble the teenage midfielder, who missed training ahead of last week’s win over Slovan Bratislava with a recurrence of the problem (as per @TimNash_1 on Twitter) and did not make the matchday squad for the game.
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While the youngster had started all of their Europa League group games prior to then, he has struggled for minutes in the Premier League this season.
His only start in the division came against Burnley back in August, while his two substitute appearances against Chelsea and Watford were both in September. With 12 matches gone in the Premier League, he has had just 120 minutes of action in that competition so far in 2019/20.
Gibbs-White may still be only 19, but that hasn’t spared him from frequent criticism from some Wolves fans on Twitter, with his performances against Slovan Bratislava last month and the Burnley game earlier in the season drawing some scathing reaction.
The international break may have come at the right time for Gibbs-White, who has another week and a half to prove his fitness ahead of the Premier League visit to Bournemouth on November 23rd.
His lack of game-time in the division could be a hindrance to his development, though, and with just two Europa League group games remaining, he may find first team chances even harder to come by once those have been played.
That is unless he can deliver very strong performances in Europe, something he hasn’t managed so far with a tame passing success rate of just 68.4% [WhoScored] and his inability to complete a full game in the group stage.
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