Wan-Bissaka reportedly doing individual training programme after picking up injury

Aaron Wan-Bissaka has picked up an injury during Manchester United’s pre-season programme, as per ESPN.

They report that the defender has a fitness issue, but don’t expand on what it is.

The article says that United are confident that Wan-Bissaka will be fit for the first game of the Premier League season against Leeds.

But he has been placed on an individual training programme during United’s training camp in Scotland as a precaution.

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Mixed news on United’s full-backs

In terms of United’s first choice full-backs, it was Luke Shaw who went into pre-season with an injury doubt hanging over him.

But the report says Shaw has been cleared to return to full training, despite the rib injury he was nursing through Euro 2020.

He is still wearing the cast on his wrist that he sported at the end of United’s season and at the Euros.

But now it’s Wan-Bissaka who is more of a doubt, although the signs are that both Englishmen will be fit to start against Leeds.

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What does it mean for Williams?

Brandon Williams has been linked with a loan move away from United this summer.

When it looked like both Shaw and Alex Telles might miss the start of the season, his situation might have changed.

Wan-Bissaka’s injury might have an impact now, but the confidence United have that he’ll face Leeds means that they can probably start plotting Williams’ loan move now.

Diogo Dalot is back and he can cover both full-back positions, while United wait for Telles to return from injury, and perhaps also for Kieran Trippier to sign to challenge Wan-Bissaka.

Perhaps the injury niggle will push United to accelerate their pursuit of Trippier, but it appears the club are taking a patient approach and waiting for his asking price to come down before the end of the transfer window.

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