David Sesay

Watford academy prospect David Sesay recovering from knee surgery

Highly-promising full-back David Sesay is on the road to recovery following an operation to repair a knee problem.

The 17-year-old was replaced at half-time of the FA Youth Cup defeat at the hands of AFC Wimbledon on December 11 and made what appeared to be an aborted comeback for the Under-18 side on December 22 against Brentford, lasting just 37 minutes of the 2-2 draw with the Bees.

He underwent the knife to cure a cartilage problem in his right knee and will now rehab under the guidance of Richard Collinge, the club’s head of medical.

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Collinge’s dedicated team, who have ensured Watford have the fewest number of training days missed by first-team players this season, have intimate knowledge of the process of dealing with serious knee injuries. Mike Spanou, the sports rehabilitation therapist, has helped Joel Ekstrand work his way back from fracturing a bone and damaging the meniscus in his left knee. Sports scientist Jack Baxter, meanwhile, is working closely with Rene Gilmartin as he bids to return from a dislocated knee cap.

If Sesay is ruled out for a lengthy period, as seems likely, there is a chance he will be offered a third-year extension to his two-year scholarship, just like defender Matthew Hall was following a long-standing knee problem. However, there is a fair chance Sesay, who is in first year as a scholar, may be offered a pro deal at the end of next season, anyway. He’s very highly thought of by Harry Kewell and played some u21 games this season when he was just 16. He was almost certain to go to India for the Nagjee Cup had he been fit.

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An attacking, athletic full-back who joined the Hornets at U9 level in 2007 and a product of the Harefield Academy programme, Sesay was picked out by The Guardian as the scholar to watch at Watford in their look at the best youngster at each club.

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