Ten Hag issues update on Shaw and Eriksen

Friday 07 April 2023 14:00

Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag has provided an update on Luke Shaw and Christian Eriksen, ahead of our Premier League clash with Everton at Old Trafford on Saturday lunchtime (12:30 BST).

Shaw was withdrawn during our 1-0 success over Brentford in M16 on Wednesday evening and has thus been ruled out of the contest with Sean Dyche's side.

There is good news elsewhere, however, with midfielder Eriksen set to return to United's matchday squad for the first time January, after being pictured back with first-team training at Carrington.

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With the full extent of Shaw's latest setback yet to be revealed, Erik was quizzed by the media on whether or not he and Christian will feature against the Toffees.

"Luke Shaw is not available for tomorrow," began the boss. "And we have to see how it progresses in the coming week.

"The good news is Christian Eriksen is back in training and he will be back tomorrow in the squad."

With our no.14 having been out action since our FA Cup clash with Reading in January, it is welcome return for the Denmark international, who was pictured in the stands in midweek as we saw off his former side Brentford.

Fearing Eriksen's injury was at first worse than initially expected, Ten Hag expressed his delight at being able to welcome the 31-year-old back into the fold this weekend.

"I think it was not for nothing," he said of Eriksen's injury. "I was so angry about that tackle and he was away - at first we feared we had lost him for the whole season but he worked very well.

"I think the medical department did really well and in togetherness he is already returning to the squad and so is available for the final stages of the season. We are very pleased with that."

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Elsewhere, Casemiro will serve the final match of his four-game ban, and therefore won't be included in the United squad against Dyche's side.

Alejandro Garnacho and Tom Heaton are both ruled out with respective ankle injuries, while Donny van de Beek is out for the season following knee surgery in January.

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Abdoulaye Doucoure is suspended, after being shown a red card during Monday's dramatic 1-1 draw with Tottenham at Goodison Park. The Toffees had to fight hard for a vital point in their struggle against the drop, with United old boy Michael Keane lashing home a magnificent injury-time equaliser from range.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin (thigh) and Andros Townsend (knee) are long-term absentees, while reserve full-back Ruben Vinagre is in line to return to the squad after a month out. Dyche thinks the remainder of his squad should be fine.

"Ruben missed out with a tight Achilles but he’s back on the grass training," the Everton boss told reporters on Friday.

"Dom continues his recovery, obviously, Andros a bit more distantly. There’s a few more players carrying some knocks and bruises, but nothing too serious."