Ten Hag’s team news for Tottenham test Erik ten Hag has provided an extensive team news update, ahead of Manchester United’s Premier League meeting with Tottenham Hotspur. The Reds were missing 12 first-team players at Wigan Athletic on Monday evening, through a combination of injury, illness and international duty. Ten Hag has long been setting his sights on January as the month in which our availability issues start to ease, and it seems the squad could be boosted for Sunday’s game against Ange Postecoglou’s side. Lisandro Martinez and Casemiro are looking forward to a return, following injuries that have kept them out since September and November respectively, while Luke Shaw has missed our last three fixtures with a minor issue. Part one: Press conference v Spurs Press conference part one | Erik answers questions about injuries, Jadon Sancho, Hannibal’s future and Tottenham… The boss appeared to suggest that the trio could be involved at Old Trafford this weekend. “This week in training, in the last couple of days, Licha Martinez [is] training, Casemiro [is] training, Luke Shaw [is] training,” Erik told reporters on Friday. “So, there are players returning, they are coming in for selection for Sunday.” Amad, Anthony and Christian Eriksen all missed the trip to the DW Stadium but are ready to play again. “Antony, yeah. Eriksen was ill in the week, he will return. Antony will return. I thought you mentioned longer-terms and unexpected… but they will return as well,” added Erik. “So, Amad will return. We have more choices in this moment in the squad to put out a starting XI and create a bench [that is] stronger.” Sights on Sunday Gallery View 20 training images from Carrington, where preparations are in full swing for Spurs at home. Victor Lindelof, who had surgery last month on a groin problem, and Mason Mount are still working their way back to full match fitness. Tyrell Malacia is another player who is on the cusp of a comeback, after missing the first half of the campaign entirely. “Mason Mount will return but take a little bit longer,” said the manager. “There are some more, Tyrell Malacia will return as well, Victor Lindelof is also on his way back but it still takes some weeks. “It takes time to get back in match fitness.” Anthony Martial is not fit for the Spurs encounter, but earlier this week Ten Hag said that Harry Maguire ‘may be’ available again after an injury which has kept him out since the Champions League fixture against Bayern Munich. There was no update from Ten Hag on Andre Onana, who is expected to depart in the coming days to play with Cameroon in the African Cup of Nations, although he was seen in training on Thursday. Sofyan Amrabat is also at the tournament, with Morocco.
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