Juan Mata has given Manchester United fans an injury update following his groin operation earlier this month, noting that, while it had been a long week, he was looking ahead to returning to training.
The Spaniard, who has ten goals to his name this season, underwent groin surgery over the international break.
He will miss the entirety of Man United’s busy April schedule but should return in time for the closing stages of the campaign.
And Mata, writing in his weekly blog, admitted that life on the sidelines wasn’t easy but remained upbeat about making a quick return.
“When you’re injured you feel like time goes by very slow, that’s the truth, and my week seemed longer than usual but luckily it ended with a nice feeling: watching the team’s convincing victory against Sunderland,” he said.
“I hope that things keep going well and I can be back soon to enjoy what I like so much: training and playing football.
“The game this Sunday was not as easy as the score might say.
“During the first half hour Sunderland pushed hard and they created some chances, but Zlatan’s great goal, and the fact that they played with ten men in the second half, took us closer to the win.
“A great goal from Micky after the break increased the advantage, and Marcus closed the score with the third goal to keep the team in the battle for the Champions League spots.”
It has been recently reported by the Telegraph‘s James Ducker that the Spaniard was targeting a return for the quarter final of United’s Europa League quarter-final clash with Anderlecht, which takes place on the 20th April.
This may seem overly optimistic given initial fears that he would miss the rest of the season, but it does indicate that the 28-year-old has hit the ground running with his recovery process.
United fans will hope that Mata is not wrong with his prognosis: he has been one of Jose Mourinho‘s standout performers in Europe this season, taking to the continental stage with ease through a series of technically superb, positive displays in attacking midfield. His subtle yet devastating influence from out wide, coupled with Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s mesmerising presence, could be crucial when it comes to finishing off Anderlecht in the second leg at Old Trafford.