Man Utd star’s injury nightmare opens door for Ten Hag to complete January deal

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Tyrell Malacia has undergone a second surgery after suffering a setback to his recovery from a knee injury.

The left-back is now ruled out until early next year, opening the door for Manchester United to bolster their options in the position in the January transfer window. Boss Erik ten Hag was already forced to make moves, signing Sergio Reguilon on loan from Tottenham.

That came after both Malacia and Luke Shaw were both struck down by injury, though Reguilon has also been sidelined for a period. The full-back joined on loan from Tottenham with some suggestion that United may look to bring him in permanently.

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A statement from United on Friday read: “Tyrell Malacia is on course to return to action early next year, as he recovers from a knee injury. The Dutch left-back has not played so far this season, following an operation over the summer.

“Unfortunately, he suffered a setback during his rehabilitation, which required further surgery. This has been successfully completed and Malacia is now back at Carrington and working hard to be fit early in the new year.

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Tyrell Malacia has suffered a fresh injury setback
Tyrell Malacia has suffered a fresh injury setback
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“The 24-year-old Netherlands international has made 39 appearances for Erik ten Hag’s team in total, since signing from Feyenoord in 2022. Fellow left-back Luke Shaw has returned from his injury lay-off, playing against Everton and Galatasaray in the past week.”

Reguilon would likely be one of their top targets, with the left-back having little future at Spurs. It would likely be a simple negotiation to turn his move into a permanent one, with Ten Hag clearly a fan.

“We’re very happy with him and it is not easy to [be] coming in[to] a team you don’t know. And there was less preparation. Of course, he’s experienced. [A] very good base he has,” the United boss said earlier this season.

“But then still to know our ruleswe didn’t have the time to teach them, to coach them in training or in the preparation time in like a pre-season. But he had to go straight in and he did well.”

Shaw is ahead of Reguilon in the pecking order, with Ten Hag delighted he is back. And if United are to make moves in January, Ten Hag has hinted that the club’s finances mean any transfers will be limited.

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“You can mention many things. You can mention physical [ability], his technical ability, his leadership. [For] a long time in the season we didn’t have a left full-back. So we are very happy he is back. That is a good sign. He will help us [to be] more stable. I am sure of that,” he said.

“You are now talking about January but that is also in the previous window and the window before. There is always a limit in what case you can do business. So we have to match it and it limits you in the things you can do.”

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