MORE INJURY WOE FOR YOUNG
By Stephen Bateman
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Young has been affected by a long-term knee injury, although it was hoped that a trip to Lilleshall would see him return to full fitness sooner rather than later.
After being examined by the FA's specialist team of medical experts, his hopes of making a comeback before the end of the year have been dashed.
Bournemouth manager Sean O'Driscoll explained: "Neil has been advised to rest his knee for another six months.
"The experts have had more experience with these injuries now and everybody they have rushed back has had problems.
"It looks like it is going to take Neil a year to recover from his operation. It takes time for the bone to bed in and then he will need to get used to playing again."
In the meantime, Young will not be resting idle, however, as O'Driscoll continued: "Every player has a different way with coping with being injured. Some like to get away from football altogether, while others are desperate to stay involved.
"We are paying Neil's wages while he is injured so we have given him the opportunity to help out behind the scenes. We need all the help we can get and he has indicated he would like to get involved.
"We are lucky to have Joe Roach at the club who is a tutor and assessor for the coaching badges and he can help Neil take his first step on the ladder. I would also like to get Neil involved on the scouting side."