Will Keane is likely to miss most of next season after tearing his cruciate ligament.

Keane has been playing with England in preparation for the U-19 European Championships. He scored twice for them last week in qualifying against Slovenia. He was subbed off with an hour played against Switzerland this week in which the 1-0 win secured their qualification.

Keane probably had a pre-season tour to look forward to this summer after a great season with the Reserves.

Instead of trying to break in to the first team next season, with a loan move or playing the odd League Cup game and whatever else may have come his way, he will spend the season recuperating before hopefully getting some games for the Reserves before next summer. Blackburn had been reportedly interested in taking him on loan.

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