Man United wonderkid hoping to become the next Kobbie Mainoo shares worrying injury update

Manchester United academy midfielder Amir Ibragimov
Amir Ibragimov has picked up yet another injury -Credit:Manchester United/Manchester United via Getty Images

Manchester United academy starlet Amir Ibragimov looks to have sustained yet another injury. It comes after the 16-year-old's season has been littered with fitness setbacks.

Taking to Instagram, the young midfielder posted an image of his left foot in a protective boot. He is also holding a crutch.

He wrote: "Alhamdulillah Always [bandaged heart emoji]," along with the image. Ibragimov played 90 minutes for England's Under-16 side just three days earlier in a 2-1 defeat to Belgium in a friendly. He had come on as a sub earlier in the week too, scoring the winner late on to round of a tremendous comeback.

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It has been reported that he rolled his ankle during training. The extent of the injury is not yet known.

Unfortunately for the teenage prodigy, this is not the first time he has suffered from injury this season. Earlier in the campaign he did manage to feature alongside his brother, Gazik, in a youth team match against Liverpool.

Amir is viewed as one of the best prospects in the academy currently and is looking to follow in the footsteps of Kobbie Mainoo after his first-team breakthrough under Erik ten Hag this season.

The Ibragimov brothers are big in the United youth sides though with the youngest of four, Muhammed, also playing for the Red Devils after switching from Manchester City. Amir, born in Russia, joined from Sheffield United and has now gone on to represent England at age-group level.

Amir Ibragimov shared the update on Instagram
Amir Ibragimov shared the update on Instagram -Credit:Instagram / amir_ibra7

He has captained the Under-14s and 15s but more recently made the setup up to the Under-18s and even Under-21s in Premier League 2. His progress in 2023/24 has been stunted with fitness issues though.

In January he scored four times against Newcastle's Under-16s upon his return to the side. He has also already had to honour of meeting Sir Alex Ferguson.

Ibragimov has been compared to Wayne Rooney in terms of style by academy coach Raducio King, which gives an idea of just how highly rated he is. "I haven't seen many who can run like him," King told Spanish newspaper, Marca. "I could see him playing as a number 10, in a Wayne Rooney role."

He will now be looking to get back onto the field as quickly as possible having already been given the opportunity to train with the first team last season. The Manchester Evening News revealed his involvement just one month after turning 15 last year.

Such is his promise, Ibragimov has already been the subject of serious attention from teams across Europe. United were able to die him down to a new deal in August 2022. He is not yet eligible for a professional deal and won't be until his 17th birthday next April.