Hull City striker Will Keane ruled out for the rest of the season

Hull City's Will Keane sustains an injury

Keane was forced off against Southampton and the club have revealed he sustained serious knee ligament damage to end his season early.

Hull City's Will Keane sustains an injuryHull City's Will Keane sustains an injury

Hull City have announced on their official website striker Will Keane will be missing for up to a year due to sustaining knee ligament damage in the 2-1 win over Southampton.

The former Manchester United youngster was forced off in the first half after going down injured and scans have shown it's bad news for the 23-year-old who will play no further part in Hull's bid to avoid relegation from the Premier League.

Keane was yet to open his account for The Tigers in six appearances after moving to the KCOM Stadium in the summer, but it leaves manager Mike Phelan with an option fewer up front and a tougher task to steer Hull away from the bottom three.

Hull City's Will KeaneHull City's Will Keane

Phelan worked with Keane during their time together at United under Sir Alex Ferguson and admitted losing the forward to a long-term injury is a huge disappointment.

“Everybody at the Club wishes Will well for a full recovery ahead of what is going to be a long road back to action," he told the club's website.

"To lose a player of Will’s quality and potential for such a long period of time is a big blow, but I’m sure his determination and mind set will see him through the tough journey ahead.”

Hull City caretaker manager Mike Phelan before the gameHull City manager Mike Phelan 

This isn't the first time Keane has had to deal with damaging his knee ligament after missing the whole of the 2012-13 season with the injury picked up on international duty with England Under 19s.

He's yet to truly make his mark on English football despite being a regular goalscorer for Man United's reserve and academy sides, netting just five times in 58 senior appearances.

However his injury will be tough to take both mentally and physically on a player who will feel he's missed out on the opportunity to make a name for himself in the top flight.

It overshadows Hull's first win in nine league games who are 18th in the table and a man lighter for their visit to a spirited Sunderland side buoyed by their first Premier League win over Bournemouth.

Hull City's Will Keane in action with Southampton's Virgil van DijkHull City's Will Keane in action with Southampton's Virgil van Dijk

 

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