Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has given a positive injury update on right-back Diogo Dalot.
Dalot picked up an injury at the World Cup during Portugal’s quarter-final defeat to Morocco.
He has subsequently missed Manchester United’s three matches since the tournament.
It does not sound as though Dalot will return to the line-up in time for United’s game at home to Bournemouth tonight.
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Injury update on Diogo Dalot
Erik ten Hag told Manchester United’s club website that he will continue to be cautious with Dalot’s return, citing the huge fixture list ahead.
But he did say that the Portuguese defender is making encouraging progress with his return to fitness. He has been pictured in full training.
Ten Hag said: “He is making good progress – but we don’t want to take risks with anyone because we know there are many games to come and we need a full squad to cover all the games.”
Aaron Wan-Bissaka will continue at right-back while Dalot is out, and he has made a really positive impression over the past fortnight, with United keeping three clean sheets.
Dalot was one of United’s best players over the first part of the season, but Wan-Bissaka’s good form means there is less reason to rush him back before he is 100 per cent.
Martinez and McTominay on their way back
Ten Hag also says Lisandro Martinez and Scott McTominay are likely to be involved in the squad against Bournemouth.
Martinez is returning to fitness after the World Cup, while McTominay is recovering after illness.
The manager said: “Both were training yesterday and today, so I am quite optimistic about [them] returning to the squad, both of them.”
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