Mason Mount, Tyrell Malacia, and Victor Lindelof are all healthy, according to head coach Erik ten Hag of Manchester United.
Malacia has not played this season because of a knee injury, while Lindelof has missed time since the beginning of December due to an undisclosed ailment that necessitated surgery.
The 25-year-old Mount has struggled in his first season at Old Trafford, making just 12 appearances across all competitions. He hasn’t played for the Red Devils since November 11.
Malacia and the England international have resumed individual training, and Ten Hag said that Lindelof has resumed full training with the 20-time English champions.
“Very optimistic, then. A few of our guys are back. Ten Hag told MUTV, “We saw on Sunday that Licha (Lisandro) Martinez, Luke Shaw, and Casemiro were returning, which is really fantastic.
Tyrell Malacia and Mason Mount are on the grass, while Victor Lindelof has returned to team and individual training.
“It takes a while, but I’m not ready yet. The good news is that we can now choose from a strong group. That is the difference between many of the fall games in 2023, when we had a squad of just 11 or 12. Putting 11 guys on the field was a difficulty each time, but we can now choose a squad.”
With Cameroon out of the Africa Cup of Nations, Andre Onana is back with Manchester United and will start against Wolverhampton Wanderers on Thursday night.
As his Morocco team was eliminated from the AFCON, midfielder Sofyan Amrabat, who is now on loan, is also expected to return to club action shortly.
Lindelof’s present terms are scheduled to expire in the summer of 2025; however, a 12-month extension was recently triggered in his contract.
Though Manchester United is said to be eager to trade him for the appropriate price during this summer’s transfer window, there has been speculation about his future.
With the recent injuries to Harry Maguire and Martinez healed, Ten Hag now has choices in the centre of the defence, which will be bolstered even more when Lindelof returns.
Malacia’s return will strengthen the full-back position as well, since the Netherlands international hasn’t played for the Red Devils since the previous campaign.
But after a groyne surgery, Anthony Martial, who is expected to depart Old Trafford on a free transfer this summer, won’t be available until at least the end of March.