Manchester United captain Harry Maguire is not expecting to be fit this weekend.
Maguire suffered a calf injury for United against Aston Villa three weeks ago and has been out since.
While he is moving ahead with his recovery, fans will have to stay patient before the centre-back returns.
Maguire told the club website: “Yeah it’s getting there.
“I still haven’t trained yet with the squad, but I am getting better, I am progressing as I should be. It is obviously a frustrating injury for me to get, but I am progressing and I will be back on the pitch soon.”
When will Maguire return?
There are obviously no guarantees, but it is very possible the club captain is back before the end of the month.
The game away at Leicester seems too soon. Instead the match at home to Liverpool on October 24 may be a more achievable target.
The first step is to return to training and Maguire is not there yet. Until that box is ticked off, he won’t be considered.
United will know that the worst thing they could do is rush him back and see him suffer a setback and be out for longer, a second time.
The England ace is usually so durable and rarely misses time, before finally succumbing to injury at the end of last season, prior to this one.
With the amount of games Maguire has played since he joined United, a setback was always inevitable at some stage.
The main disappointing aspect is that new signing Raphael Varane has managed to get injured at the same time.
It leaves United relying on Eric Bailly and Victor Lindelof in defence, with little room to sustain a further injury blow to one of them.
Manchester United’s next 10 fixtures after the international break
- Leicester City (A)
Saturday October 16, 3pm, Premier League
- Atalanta (H)
Wednesday October 20, 8pm, Champions League
- Liverpool (H)
Sunday October 24, 4.30pm, Premier League
- Tottenham (A)
Saturday October 30, 5.30pm, Premier League
- Atalanta (A)
Tuesday November 2, 8pm, Champions League
- Manchester City (H)
Saturday November 6, 12.30pm, Premier League
- Watford (A)
Saturday November 20, 3pm, Premier League
- Villarreal (A)
Tuesday November 23, 5.45pm, Champions League
- Chelsea (A)
Sunday November 28, 4.30pm, Premier League
- Arsenal (H)
Tuesday November 30, 8pm, Premier League
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