Guillermo Varela has been forced into surgery whilst on loan at Eintracht Frankfurt after failing to fully recover from an ankle operation back in September.
The Uruguayan, who arrived at the German side on a season-long loan deal back in August, only managed two games before suffering an ankle injury that required immediate surgery.
He returned to action after having a screw removed from his ankle last month, featuring against Hertha Berlin and Arminia Bielefeld, but continued to encounter discomfort.
Frankfurt boss Niko Kovac, speaking earlier this week, confirmed that the 23-year-old would need to go under the knife once again.
“It caused him problems repeatedly. He gave it his all, but he was in a lot of pain,” he said.
“It shows his character that he wanted to give it his all for team and club. The wound must now heal, and then the stitches will be removed. This takes eight to 10 days.”
Varela deserves plaudits for throwing himself straight back into the fray after such a sustained period on the sidelines. His ascension to the first team last season was indeed characterised by the same kind of resolute spirit and verve. But the Uruguayan will need to take caution from here henceforth; ankle injuries can be nasty, niggling afflictions that, if not treated properly, can cause residual problems further down the line.
United fans will be glad to hear that Varela will only face a two week spell away from the action, and they’ll hope to see him enjoy a strong end to the season ahead of returning to Carrington over the summer.