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Everton defender being fast-tracked after injury hell

It’s hard enough to make it as a young footballer without injuries potentially holding you back.

Matty Mallon knows just how difficult the journey can be.

A right-back on the cusp of pushing into the under-23s side, the 17-year-old has already been through an injury issue he initially feared might cost him his scholarship at Everton.

Fans might recognise the youngster through his impressive FA Youth Cup performances last term in particular, also considering his displays for David Unsworth’s side.

But, when the defender was with the club’s under-15s, he sustained a stress fracture to his back thanks to his growth.

Having finally come back and been fit to kick a ball again for just around two months, he suffered the same injury once again – leaving him sidelined for a combined stretch of about 16 months.

Sitting in a secluded road in West Derby and talking to Mallon, it’s clear that the injury layoff was a difficult spell for someone who at his core loves playing football.

But the youngster is concise, eloquent and mature. He knows it was a rough experience, but it’s something he already has learned and moved on from.

The defender told the ECHO: “That was a hard period for me. Playing football since I was four, having such a long period out was hard, not being able to touch a ball.

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