Manchester United starlet Will Keane has revealed his frustration at missing 16 months of football due to a knee injury.
The 20-year-old forward, whose twin brother - Michael - also plays for Manchester United, was sidelined for the whole of last season due to a cruciate knee injury he picked up while representing England's Under-19 team.
Keane, who has made one senior appearance and won United's Young Player of the Year award in 2010, returned to action at the start of the current campaign and is now looking to put his injury nightmare behind him.
Speaking exclusively to Inside United, Keane said on his 16-month lay off: “It was frustrating a lot of the time.
“It wasn’t hard to begin with, as you know you’ve got to face that and it sets its own challenge. You focus on doing little things, setting markers and trying to make certain goals, whether it’s on the bike or swimming.
“When it gets to four, five or six months down the line, that’s when you start to level off and it becomes a case of slogging it out in the gym every day. When you see all the players go out for training, that’s the worst part.
“Thankfully, I had physio Richard Merron with me one-to-one pretty much the whole time. He kept my spirits high, raised morale and was a great help.”
Keane also thanked Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic for helping him to recover from such a serious injury.
"Nemanja had little niggles at the time and he came back just as I got injured,” added Keane.
“He was just starting to get over his injury, which was the same one that I had. He was very understanding and knew what it takes to get back playing, so I spoke to him quite a bit about it.
"I also spoke with other players more in general about my attitude towards it and how to approach any long-term injury.”
Keane was linked with a loan move to Leeds United in October and a move to the Championship may just be the best option for the Manchester United starlet, as David Moyes already has the likes of Robin van Persie, Wayne Rooney and Javier Hernandez at his disposal.