There is no timetable for Sancho’s return, says Man Utd boss Ten Hag

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Erik ten Hag says he cannot rush Jadon Sancho’s return, admitting there is no timetable for the player’s return to action for Manchester United.

Sancho, a big-money signing from Borussia Dortmund 18 months ago, has not featured for United since playing 52 minutes of a 1-1 draw at Chelsea in October and was left out of England’s World Cup squad.

Ten Hag said last month that the 22-year-old was “not in the right form or state of fitness” and missed United’s two-match tour of Spain, instead being put on a separate fitness program in Netherlands.

Sancho has returned to the club’s training ground in Carrington but his participation has so far been limited to small group sessions as he focuses on his own personal plan.

“I would like to have Jadon back as soon as possible, but I cannot force this process,” Ten Hag said Thursday. “I’ll do everything I can but there are some processes you can’t force and this is one of them.

“I also have to be patient even though I don’t have patience because we lack opportunities in the front line, players who are available and able to contribute not only in the Premier League but at the highest level in football .

“Jadon will be a puter, when he’s fit, and we’ll have an extra option so we’ll have more of a chance to win a lot of games.”

Ten Hag, speaking ahead of United’s FA Cup third-round tie against Everton on Friday, believes Sancho is heading in the right direction, but said there was a long way to go before he could be considered. ready to return.

“With the physical, there’s also a mental connection,” he said. “I think he is now making good progress on the physical part and that will help him.

“I hope he can come back soon but I can’t say how long it will be. At the moment, he’s not fit enough, no. We have hurdles to overcome. I think it’s (going) in a good direction.”

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