Earlier this week, it was revealed that Manchester United loanee Dean Henderson had been ruled out for the remainder of this season following the thigh injury he sustained earlier this year.
Henderson’s initial diagnosis was bad enough for Nottingham Forest to sign a replacement in the January transfer window but the expectation was that he would be available for the run-in.
That will, however, not be the case as Henderson’s injury, which has required surgery, could keep him out of action until pre-season.
Speaking recently, Forest manager Steve Cooper has opened up on Henderson’s status and also confirmed that the goalkeeper will not be returning to Carrington to undergo his rehab but will rather stay with his loan club.
“We have all enjoyed working with him,” Cooper is quoted as saying by the Daily Mail.
“We like his personality, he is a good professional and has a fantastic mentality. In terms of whether we will work with him again, it’s hard to say.
“We are grateful for what he has given and what he will still give us. He will still be around and quite visible. Our medical team is working with United’s over what they want our contribution to be towards his recovery. In terms of support, he will be with us until the end, which is what he would want.
“We have a good working relationship with United and communication. It is still fresh after the surgery for what his recovery plan will be. We wish him well.”
When a loan player sustains a long-term injury, it’s common practise for that player to return to his parent club but there seems to be an understanding that that would not be suitable in this case.
Henderson is edging ever closer to a permanent exit at Old Trafford and this is the latest indication of that. Furthermore, David de Gea’s impending contract extension would almost certainly seal Henderson’s fate.
Henderson could be one of several players used to raise capital as Erik ten Hag looks to strengthen his squad further, with a striker and midfielder among the positions the Dutchman is keen on reinforce.