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Diogo Dalot returns early to Manchester United after injury at the World Cup

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Diogo Dalot has returned early to Manchester United’s training base after suffering an injury at the World Cup with Portugal. It was disappointment for the Portuguese in Qatar as they suffered a shock quarter-final defeat to Morocco, with added frustration for Dalot who was taken off in that match with a suspected hamstring injury. The Manchester Evening News report that any United players who were beaten in the World Cup quarters were due back at Carrington on Monday (19 December) but Dalot was back early on Friday morning. How serious the injury is has not yet been revealed, but manager Erik ten Hag will hope Dalot will not be out for long as he has been an important figure in his team so far this season. The 23-year-old has started 13 Premier League games already this campaign and six more in the Europa League, making the right-back position his own under the Dutchman. He started three games for Portugal in Qatar, although this was with mixed success, playing in the 6-1 rout of Switzerland, but also the defeats to South Korea and Morocco. Dalot’s contract at United only runs until the end of the season, although the club has the option to extend it by a further year. The situation means his future is a little uncertain, with Barcelona and PSG linked with interest in him, but Ten Hag remains calm and says the option in his deal will be taken, as it will with Marcus Rashford who is in the same position. ‘We are talking to them to extend contracts, but we have control because we have an option on all the players and we will exercise those options,’ ten Hag said. MORE : Jude Bellingham would be ‘perfect fit’ in Manchester United midfield, believes Louis Saha MORE : Gary Neville tell Gareth Southgate to make a quick decision on his future as England manager For more stories like this, check our sport page. Follow Metro Sport for the latest news on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. World Cup 2022: your FAQs answered

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