Injury update: Diogo Dalot to return to first-team training with Manchester United

Manchester United have received a positive injury boost with Diogo Dalot likely to train alongside his teammates during the week. The Portuguese teenager was the club’s first signing of the summer transfer window but he has since been far from the field of play following a minor knee operation undergone with Porto in May.

Earlier last month, United boss Jose Mourinho confirmed that Dalot was training separately from his United teammates with the Watford game in September, probably a suitable date for his competitive debut.

Adding to the Portuguese’s comments, Metro have now suggested that the club’s medical staff has been pleased with Dalot’s recovery and they are prepared to involve him in on-the-ball drills with the teammates in the coming days.

Aside from Dalot, club-captain Antonio Valencia also remains unavailable at the moment as he is still stepping up his fitness after sustaining a calf problem during the club’s pre-season tour of the United States.

Taking this into regard, United have just two senior players in the form of Matteo Darmian and Ashley Young to perform the right-back duties this month, though this number could be halved before the end of the week.

Darmian has been ever-present on the right side of United’s backline since Valencia broke down in pre-season but reports suggest that the Italian could be headed home before the Serie A transfer deadline closes on Friday.

As things stand, Darmian has the better opportunity to feature through the month with Young likely to be short of fitness following his World Cup exertions but he is much aware that he would once again drop to the bench once Valencia becomes 100 per cent fit.

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