There appeared to be more bad luck in store for Ethan Laird as he was taken off injured with an apparent hamstring injury against Salford in the EFL Trophy.

Laird was among United’s brightest players in the 6-0 win, before he was taken off with 15 minutes remaining.

Now there is positive news for Laird. The Athletic report scans show the injury to Laird’s hamstring is ‘not serious’.

He is even in contention to play for United’s under-23s later today against Leicester City.

Salford v Manchester United U21 - EFL Trophy
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Relief for Laird

The timing of the injury was poor for Laird, in his first match back since March. But this will happen, with players re-adjusting to playing games after months out.

If the hamstring problem had caused Laird to miss more than a month of action, then he was at risk of missing out on a loan move.

The deadline is on October 16 for United to loan players to other English clubs.

 

The positive diagnosis of Laird’s injury means he has a chance of clinching a loan switch.

Yahoo Sport report Laird is one of the young players who United are open to letting leave on loan.

Laird made his first team debut in 2019/20, playing two matches in the Europa League.

The teenager already has more to his game from an attacking perspective than first team star Aaron Wan-Bissaka, and just needs more experience playing competitive first team football.

Staying fit has also been an issue for him during his time in the academy, and a loan spell could be the making of him. At least the chance is still there for him.

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