One of Sunderland’s brightest youth prospects has suffered a major setback, as Elliot Embleton will miss the remainder of the season with a grade three hamstring tear.
As reported by The Sunderland Echo, Embleton is out for the rest of the campaign after damaging his hamstring on international duty.
The 19 year-old, who has been on loan from Wearside to Grimsby Town since last summer, was on duty with the England Under-20 squad, and Grimsby boss Michael Jolley has now confirmed the injury.
“We had the news on Elliot, which was not good,” Jolley said.
“He’s got a grade three hamstring tear so unfortunately that’s going to be him for the season, which is very sad for us because he’s done so well for us, so we’re upset about that.”
Embleton has featured in 32 games for the League Two outfit this season and grabbed himself four goals and four assists, an impressive return from a teenaged midfielder who is used all over the pitch by his boss.
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And the fact that Jolley is so gutted about the youngster’s setback should tell you exactly how highly he rates him.
Embleton will likely be back on Wearside next season, but whether this injury stops him from competing for a first team place or not is still up in the air.