Ethan Galbraith returned to action this week for Northern Ireland’s under-21 side.

Galbraith began the season on the fringes of the first team, having come off the bench in United’s only pre-season friendly against Villa.

He came close to scoring in that match, fizzing a second half effort from the edge of the box just past the post.

Since then, Galbraith has not been able to progress, with injury keeping him out of action.

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He joined Northern Ireland’s under-21s early in September and then returned to make the bench for the EFL Cup win over Salford City a day later.

He has not been seen since, a blow to the winless under-23 side which have lost two and drawn one of their opening three league games.

Galbraith is now fit again and impressed in midweek to help Northern Ireland’s under-21 side beat Ukraine 1-0.

Galbraith is a player who United have high hopes for, and who will be needed for the under-23s to start picking up results.


The chances of him going out on loan are slim, with James Garner and Dylan Levitt both at Football League clubs.

This should enable Galbraith to step up, having been overshadowed at times by the duo in the past.

It is good to see him back to fitness and causing problems for opponents.

A first team appearance this season is not out of the question, but he will have to step up for the under-23s first, and stay injury free.

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