Slaven Bilic is taking big precautions with Reece Oxford, putting the 16-year-old and it is working.
Head of Medical and Sports Science Stijn Vandenbroucke has explained the player’s absence this season after is great start explaining the club are not ready to overwork their teen prodigy.
He explained: “Reece Oxford has had some significant development over the last few weeks. We have been working with him to prepare him for the demands of the Premier League.
“He is obviously a big talent and it is my responsibility to protect him, along with the responsibility of the manager, who is fully on board with how we are managing Reece.
“He is away with England Under-19s now and will be involved in their matches with Holland and Japan.”