Manchester United have provided an update on the extent of Kobbie Mainoo’s injury which he suffered during the opening minutes of the Red Devils’ 2-0 defeat against Real Madrid.

According to United’s website, the midfielder suffered an ankle injury during the pre-season game and is expected to be out for the ‘first part’ of the 2023/2024 season.

Despite the midfielder being included in United’s travelling squad for the game against Borussia Dortmund yesterday, the midfielder will now miss the rest of the pre-season tour and the start of the new season.

Mainoo is to fly home to the UK for treatment

In their statement, United also confirmed that the midfielder would be travelling back to the UK: “He has flown home from Tour to the UK where further assessment of his injury will take place before a medical decision on the next steps.”

The injury comes at a terrible time for the youngster who had impressed in every game he had played during pre-season and was seemingly forcing his way into Erik ten Hag’s plans but this setback will limit that progress, for a few weeks at least.

Real Madrid v Manchester United - Pre-Season Friendly
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Two months out

Samuel Luckhurst, from the Manchester Evening news, has claimed that Mainoo could miss up to two months due to the injury which would be a bitter blow for United and Ten Hag, who had seemingly begun trusting the youngster to start in the big games.

The Englishman started against Arsenal and was superb and was trusted to start the pre-season game against Madrid, one of the best teams in Europe, so Ten Hag clearly believes in his abilities.

Fabrizio Romano has claimed that this won’t affect United’s plan of potentially pursuing a midfielder with Fiorentina midfielder Sofyan Amrabat on the list of targets, this is despite a report yesterday from The Guardian that the midfielder would cost United around £50 million.

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