Teden Mengi suffers injury just 33 minutes into comeback game
Manchester United prospect Teden Mengi suffered more misfortune on Tuesday night as his return from injury was cut short.
Mengi is on loan at Birmingham City after making the move in the January transfer window and made a strong start, playing in eight games.
But after suffering a hamstring injury in February, he went onto miss four games and was an unused substitute last weekend.
Mengi returned to Birmingham’s line-up for their home game with Middlesbrough in midweek, and lasted only 33 minutes before being taken off with injury.
Birmingham boss Lee Bowyer said it was a recurrence of the same injury, telling the club website: “Teds [Mengi] has done the same hamstring.”
The Blues were 1-0 down at the time of Mengi’s injury and went on to lose 2-0. They sit 20th in the Championship table.
This setback is an unfortunate blow for Mengi, who first got injured when he was enjoying a real run in the side as a regular starter.
Birmingham did not rush him back either, having left him as an unused substitute the game before.
It’s unclear how long the injury will keep him out, but Birmingham will be cautious, as the first one caused him to miss almost a month of action.
The worst aspect of this for Mengi is that the injury is like the one which ended his season at Derby County in 2020/21.
In similar circumstances after moving on loan to Derby last January, Mengi suffered a hamstring injury in April last year which ended his season and saw him return early to United for treatment.
These ongoing hamstring issues may simply be a growing problem for the 19-year-old as he adjusts to the physical demands of an intense league in the Championship where there are frequent games.
But he also has to get past them. The repeated injuries not only hampers his development, they could serve to deny him future opportunities if other managers start to consider him unreliable.
Hopefully this setback is only minor, and the talented centre-back will return to finish the season stronger than ever.