Keane suffered a cruciate knee injury playing for England's Under-19s, forcing him to miss the entire 2012/13 season. It was a particularly bitter blow for the former Young Player of the Year, having just made his first team debut during a 3-2 defeat to Blackburn Rovers.
Thankfully, the Stockport-born starlet is back on the goal trail after making his return to Under-21s action earlier this campaign and in an exclusive interview with Inside United, he examines the rocky road that he has travelled to get to this point.
“It was frustrating a lot of the time,” Keane explained. “It wasn’t hard to begin with, as you know you’ve got to face that and it sets its own challenge. You focus on doing little things, setting markers and trying to make certain goals, whether it’s on the bike or swimming.
“When it gets to four, five or six months down the line, that’s when you start to level off and it becomes a case of slogging it out in the gym every day. When you see all the players go out for training, that’s the worst part.
“Thankfully, I had physio Richard Merron with me one-to-one pretty much the whole time. He kept my spirits high, raised morale and was a great help.”