Manchester United have formally announced head of medicine Gary O’Driscoll has joined the club from Arsenal.
Back in early July, The Athletic reported Manchester United had secured the services of Gary O’Driscoll.
But amid serving a notice period, he has only now started work at the club this week, with United announcing his appointment on Friday.
The club website says: “O’Driscoll is one of the most experienced and respected leaders in sports medicine, having served as chairman of the Premier League Doctors’ Group and a member of the FA Medical Committee.”
The Times reports O’Driscoll will be on the Manchester United bench with the coaching staff moving forward, starting this weekend away at Burnley.
But there is an alarming revelation in the report, which states: “United have been without a full-time club doctor since Steve McNally left to join the referees’ body, the PGMOL, in February.”
United had assigned the role on an interim basis, until O’Driscoll’s arrival, which the club would argue was worth waiting for.
To learn Manchester United have been without a full-time club doctor over the past few months is alarming.
Particularly amid the context of the club’s growing injury crisis, which itself has made O’Driscoll’s arrival at the club so newsworthy.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Luke Shaw, and Tyrell Malacia are among the key players out for substantial periods, while Raphael Varane, Kobbie Mainoo, Amad, Mason Mount, and Sofyan Amrabat have all recently spent time on the sidelines and are pushing to make returns.
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