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Manchester City striker ruled out for “two to three months minimum” with serious knee injury



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Medical staff at Manchester City are expected to work alongside their counterparts from Hull City on the recovery of on-loan striker Liam Delap in the coming months.

The 20-year-old Manchester City Academy starlet has been in inspired form this season, having joined Hull City on a season-long loan prior to the start of the ongoing campaign with a view towards speeding up his development in the senior game.

Across 26 Championship appearances for the Tigers so far this season, Delap has scored a commendable seven goals and provided two assists, operating across Hull’s forward line and offering versatility to his manager.

However, Delap’s good progress and fine form has been abruptly cut short this season, having sustained a knee injury that is now likely to rule him out for a significant part of Hull’s upcoming contests.

As per confirmation from Hull City manager Liam Rosenior, the Tigers are hoping that Liam Delap will not need surgery on a serious knee injury, but it is expected that the 20-year-old could miss the next three months of action with a hope he could return for the run-in.

Speaking to Hull Live this week, Rosenior explained, “Liam (Delap) had an assessment and he’s going to need another assessment in three weeks.

“He’s looking at hopefully two to three months minimum and it’s a real shame for him, for us and for everybody connected with the football club because he’s been such a bright spot. It’s an issue in his knee, but hopefully it can be fixed without surgery and that’s what we’re hoping for.”

Speaking on the player’s recovery process, Rosenior further detailed that Liam Delap is likely to undergo some elements of recovery with his parent club Manchester City, largely due to the standard of expertise and facilities at the City Football Academy in the north-west.

“It will be between us and Manchester City, obviously, Manchester City have outstanding facilities and outstanding people,” Rosenior said.

“We want to do what’s right by him and whichever way both medical teams see fit for him to get back as quickly as possible and not just for now, but for the rest of his career, to get rehabbed right and we’ll make that decision.”

It remains unknown as to what Manchester City’s plans are for Liam Delap beyond this season, with Etihad Stadium officials likely to explore a permanent deal in the coming summer, or another temporary agreement due to a clear lack of opportunities available in Guardiola’s squad.

Erling Haaland and Julian Alvarez continue to dominate the striking position at the Etihad, while Pep Guardiola often looks towards a fluid false-nine formation in the event of both of his strikers being unavailable.