When could Eriksen return?

Thursday 06 April 2023 11:00

Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag has refused to rule Christian Eriksen out of his plans for Saturday's Premier League contest with Everton at Old Trafford.

The influential midfielder has been sidelined since injuring his ankle in the Emirates FA Cup fourth-round victory against Reading in January, and was at the ground helping cheer the Reds on to a valuable three points in the 1-0 triumph over his former club Brentford on Wednesday night.

Although he has only just returned to training, the classy schemer could be in consideration for a morale-boosting return against Sean Dyche's Toffees, if he proves his fitness ahead of the 12:30 BST kick-off.

Watch Ten Hag's press conference Video

Watch Ten Hag's press conference

Erik was asked about Shaw, Martial, his forwards and more by the media at Old Trafford...

When asked by Viaplay in Denmark whether Eriksen is in line to make his comeback at the weekend, Erik replied: "We will see. We see it from day to day.

"He is progressing. He is now back only this week in team training tomorrow [Thursday] and the day after tomorrow [Friday]. We have two sessions. After that, we will decide if he is back in the squad again."

With Casemiro, who serves the final game of his four-game ban against the Merseysiders, also sidelined, it is obvious the pair have been missed but Ten Hag was keen to stress that the midfielders on duty against Brentford deserve plenty of credit for their performances.

"They're two very important players for us," said the boss. "Don't get me wrong, but we have a good squad. Also today, brilliant midfield occupation with Scott McTominay and Bruno Fernandes. Marcel Sabitzer, in his role, was very good.

"I can't say this midfield trio was bad, not at all. It was very good."

Luke Shaw is a doubt for the Everton clash after being forced off in the first half against Brentford, while Tom Heaton, Donny van de Beek and Alejandro Garnacho are all expected to be absent.