Cumbrian goalkeeping star Dean Henderson has undergone surgery on a troublesome thigh injury.

But the Premier League keeper has pledged to be back in action in time for pre-season.

Henderson confirmed on Tuesday that he had gone under the knife "on an ongoing issue".

The procedure means the Manchester United man will miss the rest of the current campaign with loan club Nottingham Forest.

But Henderson's Instagram post on the subject appeared to play down newspaper reports that he could be sidelined until August.

"Had surgery today on an ongoing issue," Henderson wrote.

"I'm disappointed to miss the rest of the season but surgery went well and I will be back for pre-season.

"I will be supporting the boys for the remainder of the season."

Henderson has been sidelined since January after suffering the injury in a game against Leicester City.

His initial hopes of making a quick return to action were dashed.

It has been a luckless 2023 so far for the former Carlisle United academy player, who enjoyed a positive first half of the campaign with Forest and earned an England squad recall.

Henderson has long been linked with a transfer away from Old Trafford this summer, but the injury situation could prove a factor in any immediate move.

Aston Villa, Tottenham Hotspur and Forest are among the clubs who have been linked with a permanent move for the keeper, with Carlisle standing to benefit from a big-money switch through a sell-on clause.