Memphis Depay has been running rampant for Lyon since joining the side in 2016/17. The Manchester United flop has had a resurgence in France, developing into one of Europe’s most dangerous wingers. That potential we saw at PSV and in the 2014 World Cup, he’s reaching it. However, just as things were getting good, he’s suffered heartbreak before Christmas.
The 25 year old, according to L’Equipe, has ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament. Notorious for being the worst possible injury a footballer can get. Well, the worst whilst still managing to eventually come back. In fact, it was double bad news for the Lyon, with Jeff Reine-Adelaide also suffering the same injury as his teammate. Ridiculously unlucky for everyone involved. We wish both Jeff and Memphis full and speedy recoveries.
With an estimated recovery time of between 6 to 9 months, Depay is now a serious doubt for the rest of Lyon’s season as well as the Netherlands at Euro 2020. It’s devastating news for the Dutch international who has been playing out of his skin for Les Gones. The beautiful game can sometimes be very cruel.
Memphis Depay – The development at Lyon
As aforementioned, the former PSV star has been exceptional in Ligue 1. 9 goals and 2 assists in just 13 games in 2019/20 is a testament to how good Depay has been. We did a whole article on his resurgence HERE if you’re interested. The same flair, lightning pace and stunning moments of magic we all saw in the Eredivisie, he has all of it plus more. The improvement in his end product in particular has been so good to see. It’s taken his whole game to another level compared to when he was in Manchester. The fact we’re now likely to miss out on his brilliance in the summer is so frustrating. Can’t imagine how Depay feels after all the work he’s done in the lead up to the tournament.
Even if Memphis Depay can miraculously recover before the beginning of the tournament, he won’t be the same player. Lacking match sharpness and minutes having been out for months, to then be thrown into an international tournament, it’s going to be tough. Fingers crossed, it all manages to work out. The man’s been too good.
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