Scott McTominay has undergone surgery on a groin injury which has been troubling him for an extended period.
The Athletic report that the problem has affected him since the latter part of last season.
He has played through the pain, but his pre-season training was tailored. He only played 20 minutes in the final friendly of the summer against Everton.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hinted at a lingering injury problem for McTominay after the 5-1 win over Leeds, but the Scotland international started that game and shone.
How long will McTominay be out for?
They report that it is hoped that McTominay will only be out for a month.
In the Instagram message he sent to the fans after confirming the surgery, McTominay said: “I will be back sooner than you think.”
Almost half of that time will be taken up by the forthcoming international break, but he will of course miss this Sunday’s trip to face Wolves.
United have tried to sort the issue with tailored training and rest, but like Marcus Rashford, McTominay has eventually had to have an operation to sort it out.
Which matches will McTominay miss?
After the international break, United face Newcastle at home on September 11 and McTominay will likely miss that match too.
After that comes two matches against West Ham; away in the Premier League before a meeting at Old Trafford in the EFL Cup.
If McTominay is out for a month, he’ll miss both those matches as well as the clash with Aston Villa on 25 September.
Perhaps the home meeting with Everton on the first weekend of October is a realistic target for him to make his return, although McTominay will be keen to come back even earlier than that.
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