On December 29th Anderlecht released an official statement backing their doctors and insisting Henry Onyekuru would need an operation on his injured knee.
That came a day after the Everton loan player had told the Nigerian media he wouldn’t be going under the knife.
Following the Anderlecht statement Onyekuru was quoted as saying: “Everton looked at the scan of my knee and believe that surgery isn’t necessary. The problem can be solved with a knee-relieving treatment and soon I will sign up for Everton.”
Then Anderlecht Online quoted Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr confirming an operation: “Onyekuru will be under the knife in a few days and will be out for four to five months.”
At the end of January, with Onyekuru returning to Anderlecht after a period with Everton, it was reported that Anderlecht still felt an operation would be ‘inevitable’.
Now it’s changed again and the Belgian club seem ready to accept what for them would be a medical miracle.
Voetbal Krant quote Anderlecht general manager Herman Van Holsbeeck as saying: “Within three weeks Onyekuru would resume running training and he could play football again within five weeks.”
Whilst this is all good news for the footballer and his potential Everton future, they’ll hope this doesn’t all bring further problems down the line.