Donny van de Beek “not far away” from Manchester United injury return
Manchester United star Donny van de Beek has revealed that he is “not far away” from returning to action for the Old Trafford side after picking up an injury in January.
The Holland international picked up a knock in the Red Devils’ 3-0 win over Bournemouth in the Premier League. As a result, the midfielder was ruled out for the rest of the campaign.
Speaking to MUTV (h/t Manchester Evening News), the 26-year-old has shared positive insight about his recovery going in the right direction. The former Ajax star is optimistic about being back soon.
“I am busy recovering from my injury and everything is going well. It is hard to give you a time [on a return date], we just need to see how everything goes.
“I am, for now, doing a lot of gym work. But I am getting closer to being on the pitch so that is a positive. I am not far away.”
Van de Beek signed for United in the summer of 2020. However, under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, the midfielder hardly got regular opportunities in the team to showcase the full extent of his talent.
After the Holland international spent most of his early spell in Manchester on the bench, Everton came calling. The Toffees acquired the 26-year-old’s services on a temporary basis in January 2022.
Unfortunately, fitness issues hampered Van de Beek’s spell at the Goodison Park side. However, with Erik ten Hag’s appointment in the Old Trafford side’s dugout at the end of last season, better things were expected from the midfielder.
But even the former Ajax head coach, who the Holland international thrived under, did not put faith in him. Subsequently, injuries have been a bane for the 26-year-old in the current campaign as well.
The gaffer has relied on Casemiro and Christian Eriksen for most of the season in the double pivot position, while Bruno Fernandes is our number 10. Fred and Scott McTominay have also been at the Dutch manager’s disposal.
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It is good to see Van de Beek’s recovery going in the right direction. However, once he is back, will the Holland international get the chance to prove himself? Only time will tell.