Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has admitted that right-back Diogo Dalot’s return to first-team action won’t be until a few weeks yet after suffering a setback, via Manchester Evening News.
Dalot, who made just 16 league appearances for the Red Devils during his debut season at Old Trafford, is yet to feature for the club this term due to a hip injury.
The 20-year-old has just completed a 10-day injury treatment program in China alongside sports injury expert Eduardo Santos.
Santos gained prominence in 2015 for his work with then-PSG defender David Luiz, and now heads up Shanghai SIPG’s medical department.
Last week, United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was quoted saying that he was hopeful Dalot would return after the international break.
“Diogo is injured,” said the Norwegian. “He’ll be out for a little while, hopefully he’ll be back for (the games) after the international break. He’s had a problem for a couple of weeks. But that’s it.” (via MEN).
However, that no longer appears to be the case and it now looks a certainty that the Portugal international will once again be absent for United’s clash against Leicester City this weekend.
With Aaron Wan-Bissaka the nailed-on first-choice right-back at Old Trafford as things stand after his big-money move from Crystal Palace, regular game-time looks unlikely for Dalot this term.
However, with the current injury to left-back Luke Shaw considered, there could well have been a chance for him to get some minutes on the opposing side of the back-line – a position he has filled in at before, per Transfermarkt. Indeed, he even told MUTV (via Tribuna) back in January that he felt ‘comfortable’ in that berth after registering an assist there against Brighton just weeks after his arrival.
With that in mind, his injury has to be considered a blow, given the lack of cover in that area outside of Ashley Young.
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