Anderlecht confirm Onyekuru needs surgery

Friday 29 December 2017  15 Comments  [Jump to last]

Henry Onyekuru will have an operation on his injured knee after all following confirmation from the Belgian club where he is currently on loan.

Signed by Everton over the summer for around £8m, the Nigerian striker was sent out on loan to Anderlecht for the season in a bid to gain more experience and build up enough club and international appearances to qualify for a work permit to play in the Premier League.

Onyekuru suffered a serious knee injury playing against his old club Eupen this past week, though, and while he himself has doubted he would need surgery, Anderlecht have now announced that he damaged a medial ligament and will, under the recommendations of their medical staff, need to go under the knife.

While the 21-year-old escaped a feared ACL rupture, he will still require months of rehabilitation that will likely end his season prematurely, prompting the need for discussions between Anderlecht and Everton over another potential loan deal for next season.  

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Brian Williams
1 Posted 29/12/2017 at 16:52:32
And yet the Everton medical team think not???
Will Firstbrook
2 Posted 29/12/2017 at 17:20:50
MCL tears rarely require surgery to repair unless one of the other ligaments has also been torn at the same time. The MCL has a good blood supply and usually responds well to non-surgical treatment. Usually rest and rehab (6-8) weeks is sufficient to regain knee strength and range of motion.

However, a decision to operate would likely depend on the severity and/or location of the tear. I cannot imagine a decision concerning surgery happening without collaborating with Everton's medical team.

Brian Williams
3 Posted 29/12/2017 at 18:13:57
The lad himself is quoted as saying he didn't need surgery after seeing Everton's medical team. Anderlecht have since stated he does need surgery despite what the player himself said.

Very confusing, but then when are things not confusing where Everton are concerned?

Paul Kossoff
4 Posted 29/12/2017 at 19:14:14
Un-fucking-believable!!! Always our players get serious injuries, not minor.

Can't blame the training this time though! See Magic Man Walsh is off to sign another bum.

Alan Bodell
5 Posted 29/12/2017 at 19:33:18
Brian (#3),

Sepp Blatter probably has shares in the medical team doing repairs in Belgium.

Such a shame for the young guy – he looked good and lively, good first touch at Celtic recently.

Peter Fearon
6 Posted 29/12/2017 at 20:58:09
Paul Kossoff (#4),

Aside from the usual knee-jerk pessimism and negativity that so often pervades these threads, what on earth makes you describe Cenk Tosun as "a bum".

He is a single-minded striker who displays a high level of skill and opportunism. Given that we have a toothless attack at the best of times and a manager who likes to play 9 behind the ball at all times, we could use one.

Si Cooper
7 Posted 30/12/2017 at 00:33:46
Where do things stand with his eligibility for a work permit?

If he is out for the rest of the season, will that scupper our chances of having him available for registering for next season?

Mike Gaynes
8 Posted 30/12/2017 at 01:41:36
My question exactly, Si. Anybody with the requisite expertise in UK permit law who can answer that one?
Clive Rogers
9 Posted 30/12/2017 at 09:54:01
Surely another loan next season is not a good idea. He’ll be 22, so get him back, fit and pushing for a place in the first team.
Laurel Chinedu
10 Posted 30/12/2017 at 19:24:48
Anderlecht and Super Eagles forward Henry Onyekuru is optimistic of speeding his recovery time after he arrived Nigeria to spend time with his family, reports. The 20-year-old Onyekuru tore his his knee ligaments while playing for his Belgian club Anderlecht in their 1-0 win his former club KAS Eupen last weekend. There were fears from some quarters that the injury will keep him out for the rest of the season but after undergoing scan, it was revealed by doctors of Everton that he will be out for only six weeks. (PICTURES ARE IN YOUR MAIL) “Had to come back Home to spend time with the family. Family time speeds up the recovery, God willing I'll be back better and stronger #Baby Sis,” the Nigerian international tweeted on Saturday with pictures of himself on crutches, receiving a lech from his sister apparently in the family house.
Colin Glassar
11 Posted 31/12/2017 at 18:48:27
Someone needs to go out and rescue this lad before the Dutch amputate his leg. What a farce!!
Alan J Thompson
12 Posted 02/01/2018 at 15:05:21
Mike (#8); Not sure who but on a previous thread on this matter it was said that he may have been eligible for a Belgian passport if he stays at Anderlecht rather than doing rehab at Finch Farm. Must admit that, like you, I'm a bit in the dark on these matters.
Steve Ferns
13 Posted 02/01/2018 at 15:22:21
He needs two continuous years Alan. He’s allowed very little time out of Belgium in that time. If he was not committed to Belgium then perhaps they might have nationalised him earlier to help their cause.

Anyway the two year period ends in the summer as he was there the previous year. He will have to wait the full 24 months and so might arrive here in August and miss all of pre-season.

Jason Conlan
14 Posted 02/01/2018 at 22:40:33
Colin Glassar #11 Anderlecht are Belgian mate. It's a bad thing to happen to the lad as he was doing really well there let's hope he comes back raring to go.
Alan J Thompson
15 Posted 03/01/2018 at 14:17:57
Steve(#13); Thanks for clarifying that and assume that any time spent outside, probably to a maximum, of Belgium would be added to the two year qualification. Currently he is in Nigeria?

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