Manchester United is hopeful of welcoming back two key players this week, as they prepare for a crucial Champions League clash and the highly-anticipated Manchester derby.
Raphael Varane made a successful return to the pitch in the recent victory over Sheffield United, while Casemiro and Sergio Reguilon are getting closer to joining him in the squad.
Luke Shaw’s return, however, is still a bit further down the road, and Lisandro Martinez won’t be available for the remainder of the year.
Here’s the latest update on the injury status and potential return dates for these players:
Casemiro Casemiro sustained an ankle injury while on international duty with Brazil, forcing him to exit the match against Venezuela after just 11 minutes. This injury ruled him out of the Sheffield United game. Despite playing the full 90 minutes in a match against Uruguay, he was sidelined for the Sheffield United match.
Erik ten Hag, Manchester United’s manager, expressed confidence in Casemiro’s swift recovery, stating, “It’s disappointing that Casemiro picked up an injury, but it’s not too bad. I’m confident he will be back for the next games.”
Potential return date: October 29 vs. Manchester City
Sergio Reguilon Reguilon has been dealing with a hamstring injury, although it’s not considered to be a serious one. This injury prevented him from participating in the Sheffield United match, but he may be ready for the upcoming Champions League fixture.
Initially, there were hopes that he would return before the international break, but with an additional two weeks of recovery, he is potentially poised to make his return this week.
Potential return date: October 24 vs. Sheffield United
Luke Shaw Left-back Luke Shaw’s last appearance for Manchester United was on August 19 before he was sidelined for approximately ten weeks due to a leg muscle injury diagnosis shortly after. While there is no specific timeframe for his return, he has not yet resumed training.
Potential return date: November 26 vs. Everton
Lisandro Martinez Martinez’s 2023 season came to an end after he underwent a second operation on his foot.
In conclusion, Manchester United is hopeful that the return of Casemiro and Reguilon, coupled with the recovery of Raphael Varane, will bolster their squad for the upcoming crucial fixtures. However, Luke Shaw is expected to be out of action for a longer period, and Lisandro Martinez won’t be available for the rest of the year due to his foot injury.