Oxford United manager Karl Robinson believes Liverpool youngster Ben Woodburn could be out for 12 weeks, he told the League One club’s official website.
Woodburn fractured his metatarsal in Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Accrington Stanley. The Wales international, who is on a season-long loan from Liverpool, has his foot in a cast and is out for a lengthy period of time.
Robinson believes Woodburn will miss up to 12 weeks of football. If this diagnosis is correct, Oxford fans will not see the 19-year-old again until 2020. This is a blow for their League One hopes and the teenager’s development.
Robinson on Woodburn
Robinson told oufc.co.uk: “It’s such bad luck for Ben because he has been showing everyone what a good player he is, and now he’ll be out for 12 weeks or so. He came in today with a cast on his ankle and foot and we had a chat; he is a great lad and will listen to the advice and he is determined to keep doing what he can and come back fitter and stronger than ever. It is now up to other players to show what they can do in his absence.”
This is a frustrating setback for Woodburn, who was just starting to flourish at Oxford. After a frustrating spell with Sheffield United last season, Woodburn dropped down a division to aid his development.
Under Robinson, Woodburn was taking his game to the next level. He had scored once and provided five assists but now he is set for a spell on the sidelines. How he bounces back will be a good judge of his character and resilience.