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Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has faced questions over whether Christian Eriksen will play again this season.
The Dane arrived at Old Trafford on a free transfer from Brentford in the summer of 2022, and after some early struggles managed to establish himself as a key midfielder in tandem with Casemiro.
His season was disrupted when he picked up an ankle injury under a nasty challenge from Andy Carroll in an FA Cup win against Reading in January.
United initially stated that they expected Eriksen to return in late April or early May depending on his progress, but after he was seen still sporting a heavy boot in their Carabao Cup celebrations at Wembley a fortnight ago, there were concerns among fans he could be on the sidelines for longer.
Following United’s 4-1 win against Real Betis in the UEFA Europa League on Thursday night, Ten Hag was asked whether Eriksen will play again this season.
“I think he will play, definitely,” he said. “But I can’t tell now an expectation, but I think his progress in the rehab is OK. It is going according to plan, so definitely we will see him. But not before the [March] international break.”
Ten Hag was then asked if he keeps Eriksen involved in the group and with team talks, replying: “”Yes, he is. But of course, his main focus is in this moment to get back as soon as possible because we need all the players.”
On this edition of The Promised Land, part of the 90min podcast network, Scott Saunders and Rob Blanchette discuss Bruno Fernandes’ inspired response in the 4-1 win over Real Betis, concerns over David de Gea’s kicking ability and whether Aaron Wan-Bissaka should be recalled.
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