Kieran Phillips, the Terriers striker, was initially sent on a season-long loan to Shrewsbury, a third-tier club. However, he has had to come back to Huddersfield Town for medical treatment due to a knee injury. Unfortunately, this injury is just one in a series of setbacks he has faced in his young career.
Phillips has struggled with injuries ever since he left his hometown club, Huddersfield Town, for Everton as a highly-rated teenager. He had to overcome a double knee fracture, which cost him two years of his career, before returning to Town in 2020.
Although Phillips made a few appearances for Huddersfield under Carlos Corberan during the 2020/21 season, he has spent most of his time either on loan or on the treatment table. He had loan spells at Walsall and Exeter in the 2021/22 season and a stint with Morecambe in the previous season. While he showed promise at Morecambe, he had to return to Town in January due to a hamstring injury.
In August, there were concerns that Phillips had suffered another setback, potentially preventing him from going out on loan again. Fortunately, the issue turned out to be less severe than feared, and he joined Shrewsbury.
However, Shrewsbury manager Matt Taylor revealed that Phillips is facing a three-month absence due to an exploratory procedure on his knee. This setback has disappointed the Shrewsbury team as Phillips was just starting to find his form in their squad.
It’s an unfortunate situation, as Phillips had made ten appearances for Shrewsbury this season, with only three of them as a starter, and he hasn’t scored a goal yet. It remains uncertain whether Phillips will return to Shrewsbury once he recovers or if Huddersfield Town will recall him when the January transfer window opens.