Ben Woodburn has suffered another setback and won’t play again for three months.
A bad tackle against Accrington Stanley left Woodburn with a broken foot, says Oxford United manager Karl Robinson.
“It’s such bad luck for Ben because he has been showing everyone what a good player he is, and now he’ll be out for 12 weeks or so,” he said, per the Echo.
“He came in today with a cast on his ankle and foot and we had a chat. He is a great lad and will listen to the advice and he is determined to keep doing what he can and come back fitter and stronger than ever.”
The Echo also says that Liverpool are ‘unhappy’ that the challenge went unpunished.
Woodburn really could have done without another setback this season. Injuries, form, and timing have all worked against him, stalling his career.
He went to Sheffield United at the start of last season but the team’s form kept him on the bench. He was back at Liverpool by January and unseen for the rest of the season outside of the under 23s.
There’s little doubt that a season in League One with Oxford was a step back. The hope, however, was that it would boost Woodburn’s confidence and he’d flourish under Robinson.
Instead, a piece of terrible timing hurts the chances of that. Woodburn once looked like the next bright talent out of Liverpool – but that now feels like a long time ago.