Why Welbeck could require surgery on his knee again

The Daily Mail are reporting today that Manchester United’s Danny Welbeck is likely to go for keyhole surgery on the knee problem which has kept him out of action for the last six weeks meaning he could be sidelined until in to the New Year.

The forward has been suffering with a cartilage problem and is expected to go for the procedure should he fail to respond to treatment which has been aimed at reducing the inflammation to the remaining meniscus in Welbeck’s knee.

The Manchester United man has previously undergone two operations on his knee but it is the meniscus which remains in his knee which is causing the problems.

The menisci in the knee are cartilage tissue that help to absorb shock to protect the knee joint from damage and most problems in this area are caused by tears.  The most common way that a meniscus can be torn is by twisting the knee forcefully which results in swelling, pain and knee lock.  While some tears can heal by themselves, operations which trim, fix or even remove the meniscus are often advised.

Twisting the knee while the foot is on the ground is one of the main ways this injury occurs. Unfortunately, once the meniscal cartilage is torn it does not heal very well due to the poor blood supply it receives.  The centre of the meniscus has no direct blood supply meaning that larger tears, or tears which occur in the middle tend not to heal hence the need for surgery.

The news will come as a blow to David Moyes who has recently learned that he will be without Michael Carrick as the midfielder recovers from an Achilles problem which could keep him out until Christmas and faces losing Marouane Fellaini for ten weeks once he undergoes surgery on his troublesome left wrist.

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Lee Hurley

Writer specialising in good football and bad relationships. If in doubt, assume sarcasm.