Manchester United youngster Teden Mengi has been missing all summer long through injury.
The promising 20-year-old defender did not go on pre-season tour, nor has he been since at Carrington, and his name has barely been mentioned at all summer.
Mengi has now given an update, sharing a picture where he has been in the gym, via his Instagram story.
Mengi is now in a race to get fit before the transfer deadline so he can earn a loan move away from Manchester united, so he can play regularly.
His last two loan spells at Derby County and then Birmingham City were both cut short by hamstring injuries.
Mengi will hope to prove his fitness, to secure another loan spell, potentially back in the Championship.
If he were to miss out, it could actually work in his favour, if he is given opportunities to impress and work with Erik ten Hag’s first team squad.
The 20-year-old centre-back is talented, but his career has not accelerated as many United fans hoped it might a couple of years ago.
Former boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer compared Mengi to Bayern star Matthijs de Ligt two seasons ago, telling BBC Sport: “Teden has definitely impressed me. You have got to make sure he’s ready for it. Ajax made Matthijs De Ligt captain when he was 18. Teden Mengi has something special in him.”
De Ligt made his name working under Erik ten Hag at Ajax, and the defender will hope the Dutchman sees the same leadership and defensive qualities in him.
Mengi has captained United at under-18s and under-23 level, and has made two first team appearances, in the Europa League against LASK, and last season in the Champions League against Young Boys.
The first step in realising his potential is to get fit, and stay fit. Mengi can then hope his talent combined with hard work can take him further.
If United are successful in selling Eric Bailly, Axel Tuanzebe and even Phil Jones before the end of the transfer window, then a path to the first team could open up a little.