The initial prognoses were not good on Everton on-loan forward Henry Onyekuru after he picked up an injury playing for Anderlecht in the Belgian Jupiler League. He had appeared to hyper-extend his knee and had to be stretchered off while playing against his former side KAS Eupen.
After Anderlecht team doctors had examined him, the player returned to Finch Farm for the Toffees medical team to make their diagnosis and it turns out that the medial ligament tear that was expected to keep him out for up to six months did not look as bad as first thought.
Nigerian football outlet AOI Football in an interview with the player reported that Everton’s doctors have told Onyekuru he won’t need surgery after all and could feasibly be back in action in a month or so.
“Yes, the doctor said he is not going to make any surgery yet. My legs are improving everyday. So, we should wait after a one month rehab for him to check it again.”
This is certainly good news for the player’s chances of making Nigeria’s squad to the 2018 World Cup to be held in Russia this coming summer, and in addition will make it easier for the Blues to get a work permit for the player should they choose to bring him into the fold next season.