Man Utd injuries: Potential return dates for Erik ten Hag's absent stars

  • The Red Devils' squad has been decimated by an array of injuries
  • Erik ten Hag's side have underwhelmed in the Premier League and Europe
  • Casemiro, Lisandro Martinez and Mason Mount are in the treatment room

Christian Eriksen is among Man Utd's injured stars
Christian Eriksen is among Man Utd's injured stars / Michael Regan/GettyImages

Manchester United's 2023/24 campaign to date has been a tale of inconsistency and injuries.

The Red Devils haven't been great in the Premier League, sitting sixth in the table after some underwhelming performances, while they have also lost three of their opening four Champions League group stage matches.

Erik ten Hag's players have been below par, that much is clear, but the Dutchman has also seen his squad decimated by a raft of injury blows. There have been a plethora of defensive casualties, while Man Utd are now looking short in midfield too.

With the November international break having come to a close, let's take a look at Man Utd's injury woes.

Man Utd's current injury list

Mason Mount

Mason Mount
Mason Mount is yet to make a serious impact at Man Utd / Visionhaus/GettyImages
  • Issue: Calf injury
  • Potential Return: Early 2024

Ahead of the Everton game, there seemed a decent chance that Mason Mount might get a start. He ended up missing out entirely as he picked up a calf injury in the lead-up to the game.

Ten Hag said the Englishman had a 'problem' when he last talked about Mount. So far, it's a move that has not worked out for Man Utd or the player.


Antony has not impressed this season / Stu Forster/GettyImages
  • Issue: Knock
  • Potential Return: Late November

Antony was absent from the squad that took on Everton in the Premier League and it was revealed that he suffered a knock.

Little more information was given on the Brazilian's condition so there is a good chance that he will be back in the frame to take on Galatasaray on Wednesday.

Rasmus Hojlund

Rasmus Højlund
Rasmus Hojlund was injured against Luton / Visionhaus/GettyImages
  • Issue: Muscle strain
  • Potential Return: Late November/Early December 2023

Having picked up an injury during the Luton Town victory prior to the international break, Rasmus Hojlund then had to withdraw from the Denmark squad. While his international teammates managed to secure their place at Euro 2024 without him, Man Utd may not get on so easily in his absence.

Hojlund's muscle injury is not expected to keep him sidelined for too long, but he did miss the match against Everton. There is a chance that he makes his return against Galatasaray in the Champions League but that game may come too soon as well.

Christian Eriksen

F.C. Copenhagen v Manchester United: Group A - UEFA Champions League 2023/24
Eriksen was also missing for Denmark / Maja Hitij/GettyImages
  • Issue: Knee
  • Potential Return: Mid-December 2023

Christian Eriksen also missed Denmark's Euro 2024 qualification during the international period and will face around a month on the sidelines.

If his recovery goes to plan, then he could return by mid-December, with Man Utd running low on central midfielders.

Lisandro Martinez

Lisandro Martinez
Lisandro Martinez is out for an extended period / Michael Regan/GettyImages
  • Issue: Foot
  • Potential Return: Early 2024

Lisandro Martinez's absence has been sorely felt by Man Utd with Ten Hag forced into using some defensive partnerships he would have rather avoided.

Initially his foot injury wasn't thought to be significant, but surgery to correct the problem has shelved the World Cup winner for some time, with Ten Hag insisting he doesn't expect to see the Argentine until next year.


Casemiro will be out for some time / Michael Regan/GettyImages
  • Issue: Thigh
  • Potential Return: Early 2024

Casemiro's extended absence is set to be a problem for Man Utd, especially given how easily bypassed their midfield has been this season.

The Brazilian has been nowhere near his best this term but his experience will still be missed by Ten Hag. He won't feature again for the Red Devils until 2024.

Jonny Evans

Manchester United v Manchester City - Premier League
Evans is expected to be fit for Everton / Catherine Ivill/GettyImages
  • Issue: Thigh
  • Potential Return: Late November

Man Utd defender Jonny Evans wasn't expected to miss any game time despite picking up a minor thigh injury, but he did miss out on the match against Everton.

The 35-year-old missed Northern Ireland's matches with Finland and Denmark in the international break, but it remains to be seen if he makes the squad to face Galatasaray.

Tyrell Malacia

Tyrell Malacia
Tyrell Malacia hasn't been able to command a regular place at Old Trafford / Matt McNulty/GettyImages
  • Issue: Knee
  • Potential Return: December 2023

Shaw's long-term injury should have opened the door for an extended run in the team for Tyrell Malacia, but the Dutchman has had his own injury woes to contend with.

A knee injury has kept him out for the entirety of the 2023/24 campaign to date, but he could be closing in on a return at the beginning of the festive period.

Amad Diallo

Amad Diallo
Amad Diallo was hurt in pre-season / Matthew Ashton - AMA/GettyImages
  • Issue: Knee
  • Potential Return: Unknown

Amad Diallo's Championship loan spell at Sunderland was full of goals, excitement and, most importantly, optimism from United's supporters about what's to come.

The Ivorian did set the Red Devils back a potential £35m after all, despite playing just five first team games for Atalanta. A scorer of 13 goals in 37 games for Tony Mowbray's Mackems, Diallo looked primed to push for first team minutes before a knee injury took him down in pre-season.

A return to action isn't close and we are none the wiser on when the youngster could walk out at Old Trafford.