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Mount struggled to make an impact following a £60million move from Chelsea in the summer, and has not played since mid-November after sustaining a calf injury in training. United initially expected Mount to be out for a month, but he has still not returned to full training after nearly three months.
However, manager Erik ten Hag wants to make sure the England man is fully fit to avoid any setbacks in what he admits has been a frustrating time for Mount.
‘He was struggling from the second game of the season,’ said Ten Hag. ‘He returned for a period and then picked up another injury, so of course that’s not great.
‘That is very frustrating for him and I really feel for him. I really want to be there for him because he had such high expectations and I had high expectations.
Erik ten Hag revealed Man United won't rush Mason Mount back from injury until he is fully-fit
Mount has endured a disappointing debut season since his £60m summer move from Chelsea
‘I am sure he is a very good player for us. But, first of all, what’s now important is we have to do it very secure to get him fit. Secure in the process, step by step, don’t force it and then hopefully by the end of the season he can stay fit and fight his way into the team, or at least play a role in his team.’
Asked if he believes Mount will play again this season, Ten Hag added: ‘Absolutely, I expect him to return.’
After welcoming Lisandro Martinez, Casemiro and Luke Shaw back from injury, Ten Hag expects Victor Lindelof to return next while Sofyan Amrabat is available after the Africa Cup of Nations. Both men could be in the squad against West Ham at Old Trafford on Sunday.
‘Sofyan will return to training on Saturday,’ confirmed the United boss. ‘Ty (Malacia) and Mason Mount I don’t expect them back, but I think Victor Lindelof is almost back. Yesterday he trained with the team and we have to see how far he is.’
‘Aaron Wan-Bissaka is also on his way back and could be available. I don’t think he will make it for Sunday but I’m not sure at this moment. There is a problem in his leg.’
Ten Hag also revealed both Victor Lindelof and Sofyan Amrabat should return this weekend
Ten Hag dismissed any concerns over Lisandro Martinez who came off in the win at Wolves
Ten Hag dismissed any concerns over Martinez who came off in the win at Wolves on Thursday night and had some ice on his foot, having needed two operations on a broken metatarsal last year.
‘It was a precaution,’ said the Dutchman. ‘I took him off because actually I had to sub Rasmus Hojlund because he was dead with all his running. Then we needed an extra header. But also I think for Licha, he was of course a long time out and we brought Harry Maguire on as an extra header and Omari (Forson) for Rasmus.’
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