Erik ten Hag may be without Mason Mount for longer than anticipated with Manchester United unsure of his expected return date.
Erik ten Hag brought Mount to the club with a £55 million fee to create competition between his midfield players, but many have said they feel the middle of the pitch still needs further strengthening.
Mount had no involvement with the squad that defeated Nottingham Forest 3-2 on Saturday afternoon after it was confirmed that he would miss at least this fixture and the tie against Arsenal next weekend.
According to The Athletic, although the club’s first assessment was that his injury was only minor, there has been a change.
It is said that there is now “an acceptance” that Mount’s new return timeline is “uncertain” and that he may further miss the match against Brighton after the international break, on 16 September.
Ten Hag started Mount in both of United’s games so far this season, with the player playing 60 minutes against Wolves and 85 minutes against Tottenham.
With the club having sold Fred already this summer and set to shift Donny van de Beek too, this leaves either Scott McTominay or Christian Eriksen as the only real option to replace Mount alongside Casemiro.
Varane is also a potential doubt for the tie, as he was substituted at half-time during United’s 3-2 win over Forest – but an announcement on his fitness is yet to be made by the club.
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