Andre Onana hopeful to return for Manchester United vs Everton
Andre Onana is hopeful of being fit for Manchester United in their Premier League fixture with Everton on Sunday, according to ESPN, despite suffering an injury playing for Cameroon.
Onana returned to the UK on Sunday night after withdrawing from the Cameroon squad. He picked up a lower back injury during a 3-0 win over Mauritius in World Cup qualifying on Friday and will not play against Libya on Tuesday.
His injury, while not believed to be a muscle strain, casts uncertainty over his availability for the crucial game against Everton. The fact that he’s hopeful of being fit in time is a positive sign, indicating that the injury might not be as severe as initially feared.
In the event Onana is unable to play, Manchester United has a contingency plan in the form of summer signing Altay Bayindir. Bayindir, a 25-year-old goalkeeper who joined from Fenerbahce but is yet to make his debut.
His previous experience, including 40 appearances for Fenerbahce last season and a recent 90-minute stint in Turkey’s win over Germany, suggests he is a capable replacement. His potential debut against Everton could be a significant moment in his career and an opportunity to prove his worth to the team.
Manager Erik ten Hag is already navigating through a list of injuries. Long-term absentees like Lisandro Martínez and Casemiro are not expected back until after Christmas, adding to the team’s challenges.
Additionally, Luke Shaw and Tyrell Malacia are on the verge of returning from long injury spells, while Rasmus Højlund and Christian Eriksen are recent additions to the injury list following the 1-0 win over Luton Town. Jonny Evans is also out due to a muscle injury sustained in the defeat at FC Copenhagen.
This scenario places Manchester United in a delicate position as they approach the Everton match. Onana’s potential absence could be a significant blow, given his influence and skillset. However, the situation also provides an opportunity for players like Bayindir to step up and showcase their abilities.
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Onana will be hoping to make it for the Everton clash. Let’s wait and see how his injury shapes up.