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Latest Man United injury news as four key players “good” to play against Brentford



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As Manchester United prepare to face Brentford in the Premier League this Saturday afternoon, they welcome back four key players who have recovered from injury setbacks.

Despite a flurry of injuries earlier on in the season, Manchester United saw a glimmer of hope with early returns to fitness in 2024. However, the team faced challenges as the season progressed, with more players being ruled out.

Now, with the international break over, manager Erik ten Hag finds himself with an increasing number of players restored to full health.

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In their previous fixture, a thrilling 4-3 victory over Liverpool in the FA Cup, Rasmus Højlund, Mason Mount, and Aaron Wan-Bissaka marked their return to action after enduring medium- to long-term injury spells. Utilising the international break wisely, these players have diligently worked on their fitness and are set to make their comeback on Saturday, fully fit and ready to contribute.

“There are players returning,” Ten Hag told reporters on Friday afternoon. “They are back on the pitch, and they are back in team training. We have one more training session now. But it is most likely that we have some players back in the squad.”

United have also been boosted by the return of Casemiro, who has looked good, fit, and ready to play against Brentford after he was ruled out of the Liverpool fixture due to the reoccurrence of a hamstring problem.

Beyond this, Harry Maguire and Lisandro Martínez are touch-and-go with regard to their availability. Both players will face last-minute fitness tests ahead of Saturday evening. There have been murmurs of an illness to Kobbie Mainoo, but it is not expected to be a serious problem.

Ten Hag spoke about Lisandro Martínez in his pre-match press conference, explaining that there is a chance the Argentina international will be part of the squad.

“Yes, there is a chance [Lisandro will be in the squad],” he said.

“We have missed him [in] every game because he brings composure, calmness, and, at the same time, a winning attitude to the team. He can express this very clearly, he can transfer that to the team, and that contributes to our levels.”

In addition, the Dutch manager said he expects Luke Shaw to be back before the rest of the campaign.

Anthony Martial is due to return in the next few weeks after he underwent groin surgery earlier this year, while Tyrell Malacia will not return until the next campaign.

Omari Forson, Altay Bayındır, and Jonny Evans were all ruled out of United’s win over Liverpool and did not feature during the international break. There have been no updates on the players since.

Brentford will be without former Manchester United loanee Sergio Reguilon due to suspension. Moreover, key defenders Rico Henry and Ben Mee have been sidelined for the remainder of the campaign, along with midfielder Josh Dasilva. Aaron Hickey and Kevin Schade are also enduring long-term absences.

However, manager Frank remains hopeful for positive updates regarding captain Christian Norgaard and Ethan Pinnock when he addresses the media later this week.