At Carrington, the Manchester United pair, Casemiro and Lisandro Martinez, have resumed full training, intensifying their recovery efforts from their respective season-long injuries.
Lisandro Martinez, the center-back, has been sidelined since the Champions League clash against Bayern Munich on 20 September, providing updates last week that his rehabilitation is progressing exceptionally.
Casemiro, the influential midfielder, has been absent from action since sustaining an injury in the Carabao Cup encounter with Newcastle United on 1 November.
During the past months, both South American players diligently trained individually under the guidance of the medical staff, and the fruits of their labor and patience are now evident as they participated in full squad grass training on Wednesday.
In a recent press conference, Erik ten Hag indicated that the Argentina and Brazil internationals are likely to make their comeback in January, although the specific return date remains uncertain.
Further boosting the team’s prospects, the manager mentioned that Harry Maguire, Tyrell Malacia, and Mason Mount are also progressing toward a return within the same timeframe.
With two upcoming matches this month—a third-round Emirates FA Cup fixture against Wigan Athletic on Monday, January 8, and a Premier League clash with Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday, January 14—the potential return of these key players is eagerly anticipated.
A brief winter break will follow, and if the Reds emerge victorious against Wigan, the subsequent FA Cup match is scheduled for the end of the month.