Manchester United manager Marc Skinner has confirmed that centre-back and fan favourite Millie Turner is ‘way past the worst’ in her recovery from a problem with an artery in her neck.
The alarming condition was discovered in January and saw Turner ruled out indefinitely while the necessary caution and care was taken for her health and wellbeing.
Turner remains unable to take part in full contact training with the rest of the squad, but is keeping herself fit and can still engage in most other training activities.
“We’re due to, within the next couple of weeks, get another scan, which will see how the artery has healed and so on,” Skinner explained ahead of facing Manchester City on Sunday.
“I think she’s way past the worst, it’s just now making sure the artery heals effectively before she can resume full contract training. What she is doing now is maintaining really good levels of fitness.
“She can join in almost everything but contact. It’s just making sure we’re safe with her because it’s something that could have been really serious. We’ll scan it and as soon as that artery is in normal condition, she’s ready to go.”
Skinner also spoke positively about how January signings Diane Caldwell, Jade Moore and Signe Bruun have ‘seamlessly’ fitted into the squad.
United were the busiest WSL club on transfer deadline day last month, securing Caldwell and Moore after spells in the NWSL and taking Bruun on loan from French giants Lyon. All three were brought on board with the intention of adding depth and healthy competition to the squad.
Caldwell and Bruun have already been in action during their first month on board, with Moore taking a little longer to build up her fitness after recent injury trouble – Skinner confirmed the former Reading star is ‘progressing well’ – and all three have been warmly welcomed by the other players.
“They’ve seamlessly fitted in,” Skinner explained. “I know some of our fans loves as many updates as possible when you’ve got players like Signe Bruun and Diane Caldwell.
“What happens with new players is they just take a little bit of time to adjust to how you play – Bruun has come from the way Denmark play and the way Lyon play and it just takes a little bit of time to adapt around each other.
“That will continue, but what is key is they fit seamlessly into the group. Our players make everyone feel at home straightaway and it’s a really unique group that way. They’re great people, which is partly the reason that we wanted them to come in.”