Adnan Januzaj speeds up recovery from injury at Sunderland

by Leo Nieboer

Adnan Januzaj has stepped up his recovery from an ankle ligament injury whilst on loan at Sunderland.

The Belgian, who was loaned out to Wearside in the summer, damaged his ankle ligaments last month during Sunderland’s 3-2 home defeat to Crystal Palace, and was ruled out for six weeks.

He is expected to return in time for Sunderland’s visit to AFC Bournemouth on November 5th, but will miss out on contests with Stoke City, West Ham and Arsenal

Januzaj posted a video of himself working hard in the gym, proclaiming: “Getting there.”

It has been something of a mixed start for the 21-year-old since he reunited with David Moyes in August. He has, without doubt, displayed flashes of brilliance, most notably with an excellent strike against Shrewsbury in the League Cup, but has also shown glimpses of frailty.

A flaky performance against Tottenham Hotspur, followed by a late red card, was a sobering reminder to United fans – and indeed Januzaj himself – that the youngster still has a way to go before he can truly impose himself on the starting XI at Old Trafford.

Perhaps Januzaj’s greatest drawback is a lack of consistency. The Belgian is undoubtedly brilliant, but only on a sporadic basis. United fans will hope to see him churn out a consistent run of form upon his return to action in November.

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