Everton U21 star Courtney Duffus will be out of action for between 6 and 9 months as he recovers from knee surgery after blowing out his ACL in training back in February.
The knee surgery has been a success and now the Everton youngster faces the long road to recovery after coming close to senior action less than a week before the injury. He was named on the Everton first team subs bench for the visit of BSC Young Boys in the Europa League.
"We were in training on the astroturf and I've rolled my foot over the ball, my foot's been planted in the astroturf and I suddenly felt a pop in my knee," he told EvertonTV. "I don't remember much after that to be honest – it was very painful though, I remember that!
"The operation was an ACL reconstruction. They've taken a graft from my patella tendon and replaced the old ligament with that. The operation went really well and the surgeon was really happy with it.
"This injury normally means six to nine months, but we're hoping it will be between six and seven because the operation went so well.""I'm a bit gutted, obviously. It's a long injury but I feel good and positive. I can't wait to get my rehab done properly and get back playing."
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1 Posted 30/03/2015 at 15:57:38
Basketball in the US is having similar problems now. Whereas these kids would play in college for 3-4 years and go pro at 22-23, playing a reduced schedule where they're only allowed to train a limited number of hours a week, now they go pro at 19. They immediately go to pushing their bodies to the maximum when they're not done physically developing, and the number of ACL and Achilles injuries is just rising.
Everton would do well to get ahead of this and advertise the fact that they are looking into protecting the youth players so they can have a long and healthy career. Bring in true medical experts who study a youth's body development. Would be a great sales pitch to the talented youth players and their families.
2 Posted 30/03/2015 at 18:38:26
3 Posted 30/03/2015 at 18:48:30
As Bill Shankly said, and his house on Sandforth Road overlooked said facility,
"Yer dinny win football matches indoors."
Nor on astroturf I would further venture.
4 Posted 31/03/2015 at 01:43:01
5 Posted 31/03/2015 at 10:21:37
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