Scott McTominay

Ole advises on potential date for McTominay return

Manchester United midfielder Scott McTominay is likely to return to first-team action after February’s winter break, according to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

The Scotland international picked up a knee injury during our 4-1 Boxing Day win over Newcastle United and was pictured on crutches at Old Trafford on Tuesday.

The boss ruled out the chance of the 23-year-old featuring before the Wolves game in the Premier League on Saturday 1 February, but suggested the homegrown talent may recover in time to play against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, after the subsequent 16-day fixture hiatus.

“Scott's going to be out for a while, for sure,” confirmed Ole in his press conference ahead of Saturday’s visit of Norwich City.

“Well, we won't see him before the winter break anyway, so we'll see him hopefully in February.”

Scott McTominay in action against Newcastle
Scott McTominay hasn't featured for United since 26 December.

McTominay has already missed Premier League games against Burnley and Arsenal, as well as Emirates FA Cup and Carabao Cup ties against Wolverhampton Wanderers and Manchester City respectively, since his injury.

Solskjaer’s statement rules Scott out of our next six matches at a minimum, with a possible FA Cup fourth-round tie against Tranmere Rovers or Watford on Sunday 26 January also unlikely to feature the dynamic midfield man.

However, the 23-year-old, who appeared in 17 of our first 19 Premier League fixtures of the campaign prior to his injury, may be fit in time for our Europa League last 32 double-header with Club Brugge.

The first leg of that tie takes place in Belgium on 20 February, with the sides going up against each other at Old Trafford in the return leg a week later.

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