Mid-January return expected for Reds trio

Friday 22 December 2023 12:33

Erik ten Hag does not expect Casemiro, Lisandro Martinez and Mason Mount to feature for the first team until mid-January 2024.

Casemiro and Martinez have been pictured at Carrington in recent weeks, sparking hopes that they might make it back into the matchday squad for some part of the festive period.

But the manager was more cautious in his pre-match press conference ahead of the West Ham United clash (Saturday, 12:30 GMT).

Ten Hag's team news for Hammers test


The boss gives a detailed update on his squad ahead of Saturday's game in the capital.

Asked to expand on the likely return date for the South Americans suggested in previous media briefings, Erik said: "They are not available before Christmas. Mid-January we expect them back."

Another question followed on midfielder Mason Mount, who has not played any minutes since the 1-0 win over Luton Town on 11 November.

"Mason Mount? Similar [to Casemiro and Martinez]. Into January," explained Ten Hag.
Casemiro and Martinez played a combined 96 matches for United across all competitions during 2022/23, and were an integral part of the team's third-place finish in the Premier League.

We wish them all the best during their rehabilitation programmes, and look forward to seeing them back in the red shirt as soon as possible in 2024.