Erik ten Hag gives latest Jadon Sancho & Anthony Martial fitness updates
Erik ten Hag delivers the latest Jadon Sancho and Anthony Martial fitness updates.
Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has stated that both Jadon Sancho and Anthony Martial will be available for selection against Nottingham Forest on Wednesday night.
United have a 3-0 aggregate advantage after the first leg of the Carabao Cup semi-final, and they have the option of bringing certain players back in.
Ten Hag told club media ahead of the pre-match press conference that United still have’some challenges’ with fitness. Sancho and Martial, though, are not among them.
“I think that Anthony Martial and Jadon Sancho will return in the game squad, but Scott McTominay will still be absent” the United boss explained.
“I think also the next game [against Crystal Palace] he will be absent. We have to see how that process will go. And for the rest, I think everyone is fit.”
Sancho hasn’t played for United since being substituted 52 minutes into a 1-1 draw with Chelsea on 22 October. He was initially ruled out through illness immediately prior to the World Cup break but was then not part of the squad’s training camp in Spain in December.
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At the time, Ten Hag explained that the £73 million signing was “not fit enough” to be included, implying that Sancho had also been having mental difficulties. Two weeks ago, he returned to training with the first squad after being put on an individual fitness regimen.
Sancho missed out on the first leg against Forest last week because he was still getting fit.
Martial is also ready to return and could make his first appearance since his injury problem. Ten Hag has been a big supporter of the Frenchman this season, but a myriad of fitness issues have limited him to only 13 appearances in all competitions and no action at all since coming off at half-time in the victorious Manchester derby two and a half weeks ago.
With Cristiano Ronaldo gone, United have signed Wout Weghorst as an additional cover up front and the towering Dutchman has impressed in his early games for the club while Martial has been out.
“He is integrating really well. He is doing what I am expecting him to do. The more he plays, the more it will come,” Ten Hag said of his compatriot at Tuesday’s press conference.
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