Manchester United have confirmed their striker James Wilson has returned to the club after suffering an injury while on loan at Derby County. He suffered a knee injury during training on 17 October, and will now be assessed by the medical staff at Old Trafford.

The 20-year-old, who was given a first-team debut by Ryan Giggs at the end of the 2013/14 season has struggled to impress under former manager, Louis van Gaal. The Dutchman's successor Jose Mourinho sanctioned his loan move earlier in the summer, which saw him join the Championship side on a season-long loan deal in August.

Wilson made four appearances for the Rams' and suffered an injury while preparing for their upcoming clash against Brentford. A "significant knee injury" has forced the striker to return to his parent club for further assessment.

A statement on United's official website read: "Manchester United striker James Wilson has returned to the club for an assessment on a significant knee injury sustained while on loan at Derby County."

"The England Under-21 international suffered the injury during a training session on Monday ahead of the Rams' Championship clash with Brentford and is now back with the Reds," it added.

Steve McClaren returned to the Pride Park Stadium and replaced Nigel Pearson on 12 October. The former Derby manager had high hopes that Wilson's loan move could be beneficial for both the parties.

James Wilson
Jose Mourinho allowed James Wilson to join Derby County on loan Getty

"We're delighted to have agreed to bring James Wilson the club on a season-long loan," Pearson told Derby's official website in August.

"I hope that this loan deal will prove to be mutually beneficial for all parties and I would like to place on record our thanks to Manchester United for allowing James to join us. He is an energetic player who will add to our existing attacking options."