Timothy Fosu-Mensah has confirmed on his Twitter account that he is recovering from an injury sustained in pre-season.
The 18-year-old started in Manchester United’s 2-0 win over Wigan Athletic earlier this month but picked up an injury before the game with Borussia Dortmund in Shanghai, and was not included in the squad.
He trained ahead of the game with Manchester City but didn’t get a chance to feature after the match was cancelled.
Fosu-Mensah delivered a laconic message to his 110,000 followers, announcing that he was “recovering.” Strangely enough, he has since deleted it but his absence from the tour squad is indicative of his fitness.
The nature of Fosu-Mensah’s injury is unknown but the fact that he was training ahead of the Man City game is evidence that the injury isn’t too serious. However, with other players such as Matteo Darmian coming back into the fold, may have missed out on Man United’s game with Galatasaray in Gothenburg on Saturday anyway.
Pre-season serves as the ideal time for youngsters like Fosu-Mensah to show their worth before the campaign begins in earnest. This injury set-back will mean that the Dutchman would have only managed 45 minutes before the 2016/17 season, which could inhibit his chances of breaking straight into the first team.
That said, if the 18-year-old can reproduce the resolute and powerful style that saw him break into the first team last season, he will undoubtedly get a chance assert himself on the first-team.