Manchester United wonderkid Ethan Ennis has shared the devastating news he has torn his ACL.

Posting on Instagram, Ennis says the injury diagnosis has been confirmed and he is prepared for the long recovery ahead.

Ethan Ennis torn ACL

ACL injuries usually take around 12 months to recover from. He now faces a battle to be fit for the start of the 2023/24 season.

The timing of this injury is never good, but it is especially unfortunate for a young player who Manchester United had such high hopes for.

Ennis scored 10 goals for United’s under-18s side in 2021/22 after joining from Liverpool last summer, and was part of the FA Youth Cup winning squad, although featured mainly as a substitute.

With the likes of Alejandro Garnacho and Charlie McNeill moving up to the first team or under-21s, Ennis was expected to play a more prominent role for the under-18s this season.

Still only 17, time is on Ennis’ side with his recovery, but this news is still devastating for him.

He had been impressive in pre-season, scoring a winning goal in the Super Cup NI against Northern Ireland.

Manchester United v Northern Ireland - NI Super Cup
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Ennis can take inspiration from other Manchester United youth talents who have bounced back from ACL injuries in recent years.

Tahith Chong, Martin Svidersky, Luca Ercolani and D’Mani Mellor all suffered the same injuries, bouncing back with the help of United’s medical team.

Ennis was not part of United’s under-18 side which won the season opener earlier today, a 3-0 win over Nottingham Forest.

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