Manchester United will NOT rush Jadon Sancho back too quickly after he returned to group training for the first time in TWO months on Tuesday… with the England star left out of Erik ten Hag’s squad to face Crystal Palace
- Jadon Sancho has returned to Manchester United’s group training at Carrington
- Boss Erik ten Hag feels the winger to Holland amid concerns over his wellbeing
- He has not played for the Red Devils since their 1-1 draw with Chelsea in October
- Man United won’t rush Sancho back and have left him out of Wednesday’s squad
- He did not travel with the squad ahead of United’s clash against Crystal Palace
Sancho has not traveled with the rest of the United squad to London for Wednesday night’s clash with Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park, and it would be a surprise if he is involved at Arsenal on Sunday either.
The 22-year-old has been following an individual program for the last eight weeks. While resuming training with his teammates for the first time since November has to be seen as a positive step in his rehabilitation, manager Erik ten Hag has already stressed that Sancho will not play again before he is ready.
Manchester United are keen not to rush back Jadon Sancho after his return to group training
The England winger has not traveled with the squad ahead of their match with Crystal Palace
The Palace game came too soon and it would be asking a lot of Sancho to play in the top-of-the-table clash at the Emirates.
No timeline has been put on his comeback, but United have three domestic cup games after that – two legs of the Carabao Cup semi-final against Nottingham Forest either side of an FA Cup fourth round tie at home to Reading – which might offer Ten Hag an opportunity to ease the player back into action.
‘I would like to have Jadon back as soon as possible,’ said the United boss earlier this month. ‘I will do everything that’s in my power, but some processes you can’t force and this is one of them. So I also have to show patience.
‘We have some hurdles to take but I think he’s in a good direction. In this moment he is not fit enough. I said, physical. He is now making good progress on the physical part and that will help him. Physical is also the connection with mental. I hope he can return quickly but I can’t say how long it will be.’
He was sent to Holland by Erik ten Hag amid concerns over his physical and mental wellbeing
Sancho, 22, has not appeared for Man United since the club’s 1-1 draw with Chelsea in October
Sancho has not played for United in almost three months since the 1-1 draw at Chelsea in October, and he missed the club’s training camp in Spain in December to work on his fitness and mind-set.
The winger, who also closed his social media channels, was sent to Holland to work with coaches recommended with Ten Hag and has been following an individual training schedule since then.
The former Borussia Dortmund star has eight goals and four assists in 52 games since moving Old Trafford from the Bundesliga club for £73million in July 2021.