Manchester United issue Tyrell Malacia injury update and expected timeframe on return

The Dutch left-back has not played so far this season, following an operation over the summer, and has endured a difficult rehabilitation process.

Malacia is now back at Carrington and is on course to be fit early in the new year, provided there are no further unexpected issues with his injury situation.

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The 24-year-old made 39 appearances last season after he became Erik ten Hag&aposs first signing at the club when he arrived from Feyenoord in the summer of 2022.

The Manchester Evening News revealed last month Malacia&aposs long-term absence was due to the player sustaining a knee injury last season, which eventually required surgery. The club initially looked to manage the knee injury with pain injections but surgery was needed.

It had initially been believed he would return before the New Year and it was suggested he could play as &aposearly as November&apos. United are taking caution with his return to action after a prolonged spell on the sidelines and will gradually ease him back into action when he is deemed match-fit.

Malacia&aposs absence was hard felt at a time when fellow left-back Luke Shaw was also sidelined for three months after he had suffered an injury of his own.

The shortage of senior options led United to complete the loan signing of Sergio Reguilon from Tottenham late in the summer transfer window.