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Aoife Mannion heading in the right direction for January return as constructive ACL restoration continues

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Manchester United defender Aoife Mannion may return to motion in January, having continued to make good progress in her ongoing restoration from a second ACL damage in recent times.

Mannion, who beforehand missed 16 months as a result of an ACL tear in 2019, underwent surgical procedure in mid-March after sustaining a recent damage in a Continental Cup conflict with Chelsea just a few weeks earlier.

In August, the centre-back described herself as being on the ‘meatier’ finish of her rehab programme, having made the profitable transition to coaching again on grass and continuously build up her bodily workload with extra intense and demanding drills.

“I believe we’re most likely taking a look at game-ready in January, however she’s progressing actually properly and has been glorious in her rehab, so constructive information on that,” United boss Marc Skinner stated as he gave a recent replace on the participant’s situation.

“She’s prepared when she’s prepared, however it’s trying constructive when it comes to her response to the coaching.”

Having made the change from sky blue to purple after her departure from Manchester Metropolis in the summertime of 2021, Mannion had been a key participant for United final season till being dominated out for the remainder of the marketing campaign. Millie Turner was additionally dominated out with a long-term subject at the moment, which threatened to place additional pressure on an already stretched defence.

However as soon as Mannion is totally match and capable of return, she’s going to additional increase the enhancing back-line.

Turner resumed coaching in the course of the summer time after overcoming a critical well being downside and was capable of begin the opening sport of the WSL season final weekend alongside summer time arrival Maya Le Tissier, who has transitioned into the centre of defence after starring at right-back for Brighton.

That left Aissatou Tounkara, one other new arrival on the bench. Maria Thorisdottir, who joined United from Chelsea in January 2021, was one other unused substitute for that sport.

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