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Erik ten Hag gives positive injury update on Manchester United defender for Chelsea clash

Manchester United's Aaron Wan-Bissaka walks towards the hotel upon team's arrival in Melbourne on July 13, 2022, ahead of their exhibition football match against Melbourne Victory.
Manchester United's Aaron Wan-Bissaka before a game. (Photo by MARTIN KEEP/AFP via Getty Images)

Erik ten Hag gives positive injury update on Manchester United defender Aaron Wan-Bissaka ahead of Chelsea game

Manchester United has given a positive injury update on Aaron Wan-Bissaka, as the defender is close to being fit. The 24-year-old has been on the sidelines for the last several weeks.

The former Crystal Palace star has played just four minutes of competitive football this season. However, the England U21 international has been missing from the Dutch manager’s squad since the Leicester City game in the Premier League.

Speaking to the media via Manchester Evening News ahead of the Chelsea game at Stamford Bridge, Ten Hag revealed Wan-Bissaka had returned to training. And the gaffer is glad to have the 24-year-old back.

Erik ten Hag confirms Manchester United defender Aaron Wan-Bissaka is close to regaining fitness after injury.
Erik ten Hag confirms Manchester United defender Aaron Wan-Bissaka is close to regaining fitness after injury. (Photo by PAUL ELLIS/AFP via Getty Images)

“Aaron Wan-Bissaka is back on the pitch, so that’s good news, because we need everyone.”

The former Palace star has lost his place in the starting lineup under Ten Hag. And the England U21 international has been ousted by Diogo Dalot from the team.

The Portugal international has been the preferred choice for the right-back spot since the departure of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. And both Ralf Rangnick and the former Ajax head coach have relied heavily on the 23-year-old.

Wan-Bissaka signed for United in the summer of 2019 from the Eagles. And the defender enjoyed regular game time in Manchester under the then Norwegian manager.

Diogo Dalot has used Aaron Wan-Bissaka from the Manchester United starting lineup this season.
Diogo Dalot has used Aaron Wan-Bissaka from the Manchester United starting lineup this season. (Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images)

On the other hand, Dalot was mostly reduced to a backup role under Ole. However, fans were not convinced with the qualities of either of the right-backs.

But the Portuguese has turned things around in the current campaign. His performances have led to rave reviews from supporters. The full-back has seemingly improved his game all-around. He has looked threatening going forward and has been decent defensively as well.

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However, the 23-year-old seems to be the only natural option at right-back currently. Thus, it is evidently essential that Wan-Bissaka gets over his injury setback and is back in contention for Ten Hag soon.

Written by Aheed Abrar

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