Nathan Ferguson has been advised to have surgery after his deadline day move from West Bromwich Albion to Crystal Palace broke down, according to The Athletic.
The young full-back has enjoyed a good season with the Baggies, playing at both right back and left back during the campaign thus far.
Those consistent performances gained recognition from a number of sides over the January transfer window, with the teenager’s contract up in the summer.
Premier League side Crystal Palace were the top-flight side cited with the most consistent interest, and a deadline day move was almost completed.
Ferguson, who saw a £10m fee agreed for him to make the move to Selhurst Park – saw his medical at the Premier League club flag up a problem.
The Athletic have now reported that the youngster has been advised to have surgery on his knee to halt any further problems. The report goes on to add that if Ferguson does have surgery – then he is likely to miss the remainder of the season as he recovers.
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A move to Palace would have been good for Ferguson, but given the recent findings around his injury problem – it would have been unlikely that he would have played this season.
Surgery would be the best thing at this time, given that his recovery could coincide with a Premier League stint – but his recovery does need to be dealt with well – as all too many times, these types of injuries can reoccur.
It will then be interesting to see what happens but you would imagine that the actions of Ferguson and his representatives have ended any chances of him staying at The Hawthorns.