Liverpool striker Paul Glatzel has been left “distraught” after suffering another injury setback on loan at Tranmere, with manager Micky Mellon “really sad”.
It was a bittersweet start to life as a senior professional for Glatzel, whose breakthrough at Liverpool was cut short by a serious knee injury.
A torn ACL and other damage forced him to undergo two surgeries in 2019 but after 12 months out the young striker made his comeback and, despite some minor issues, impressed at the Under-23s.
That led to a season-long loan move to Tranmere last summer, but so far his time at Prenton Park has been marred by repeated injuries.
There have been five extended periods, disrupting a campaign which has seen him score six goals and assist five in 21 appearances for the League Two side, and now he is set for a sixth.
Glatzel made his first start in a month as Tranmere hosted Mansfield on Friday night, but sadly his night ended early as he was sent off in the 55th minute.
“I think he has redone his hamstrings. He’s clueless, boy,” Mellon revealed after the 3-2 win.
“It’s just really sad. But he’s already shown character and he’ll get the support.
“He is obviously disappointed, but he will have great support from all of us and we hope to get him back as soon as possible.”
This setback continues Glatzel’s bad luck, with the virtual certainty that he would still be in the Liverpool first team if his injuries had not held him back.
His impressive form when he got to play for Tranmere this season shows his quality and potential, but persistent fitness issues prevent him from sustaining it for a long time.
As Mellon explained, the hope will be that Glatzel can recover quickly and regain his place in the Prenton Park squad, with 10 games left in League Two.
Tranmere is seeking automatic promotion to League One this season, and after their win over Mansfield they sat third in the table, despite having played up to three games more than the four teams in the playoffs.
Glatzel remains the Birkenhead club’s top scorer this term, tied with Elliott Nevitt on six, and he is also their co-creator, with his five assists matched only by Kieron Morris.
No Tranmere player has directly contributed to more goals in 2021/22 than Glatzel’s 11.