• Premier League

United striker Welbeck may need knee surgery

ESPN staff
November 16, 2013
Danny Welbeck may be forced into a third knee operation of his career © PA Photos

Manchester United may have to send Danny Welbeck for knee surgery, which could lengthen the striker's injury lay-off for a further five weeks, according to reports in the Daily Mail.

Welbeck has missed United's last six games with cartilage trouble, but the club may be forced to send the 22-year-old for keyhole surgery if his condition does not improve after further treatment.

Despite undergoing two previous knee operations, remaining meniscus is reportedly causing inflammation to Welbeck's knee when he runs.

It would prove a second blow for manager David Moyes, who on Friday learned that midfielder Michael Carrick would be ruled out until Christmas with an Achilles injury. Marouane Fellaini also faces a length spell on the sidelines; United's summer signing could be out for up to ten weeks when undergoing surgery required on his left wrist.

Meanwhile, further reports indicate Moyes is keen to bring John Murtough, the Premier League's head of elite development, to Old Trafford as part of his coaching staff.

Murtough, who previously worked with Moyes at Everton, played a part in bringing through a young Wayne Rooney at Goodison Park and has also been involved with upcoming youngsters Seamus Coleman and Ross Barkley.

United are reportedly in talks over a severance package with the Premier League, although it is not sure what role Murtough would take up at the club.

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