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United starlets’ international hopes hit by injury setbacks

Posted by nickogs20 on June 3, 2009

A trio of United youngsters are starting their summer holidays early after having international dreams dashed by injury. Danny Welbeck, Darron Gibson and Craig Cathcart have all withdrawn from their respective squads for games over the next few weeks.

The biggest disappointment comes for Welbeck, who has been forced out of a summer tournament for England for the second consecutive year. The 18 year-old missed last year’s U19 European Championships when he picked up an injury on the eve of the tournament, and lightning has struck twice, a knee injury picked up in the last 7-10 days forcing the Longsight striker to withdraw from Stuart Pearce’s squad the imminent U21 European Championships in Sweden. After doing so well to make the squad in the first place (Danny was comfortably the youngest player named), having to miss out again will be a huge disappointment for the teenager, with the only possible consolation being the possibility of another shot at the U19 Euros next month, with the possibility of the U20 World Cup to follow later in the year.

Craig Cathcart meanwhile has been deprived of what would almost certainly have been a senior international debut for Northern Ireland in their friendly clash with Italy in Pisa this weekend. The 20 year-old injured his knee whilst playing for his loan club Plymouth Argyle in a league game against Blackpool at the start of April and missed the final month of the Championship season, but was named in Nigel Worthington’s experimental squad for the Italy game in the hope he would recover in time. Unfortunately that hasn’t proved to be the case, and the boy from Belfast will have to wait a little longer to pick up his first cap.

They say bad things come in threes, and the final member of this unlucky trio is Darron Gibson, who would have been looking to build on his spectacular goal on the final day of the Premier League season by forcing his way into the Republic of Ireland side that will face Bulgaria this weekend in a vital World Cup qualifier in Sofia. Gibson apparently picked up a groin strain in that final day win over Hull City and, despite undergoing treatment both with United and Ireland, has been ruled out of the game that could see the Irish go top of Group 8 with a win.

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