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Diago Dalot injury boost as Bruno Fernandes welcomes competition for places

Manchester United have received an injury boost as Diogo Dalot has reportedly returned to training after a three-week lay-off. 

The 23-year-old was forced off with a hamstring injury in United’s 3-0 victory over Charlton Atheltic in the Carabao Cup on January 10. 

Aaron Wan-Bissaka has been starting as a right-back during his absence. 

However, as per Manchester Evening News, Dalot has resumed training with United.

According to Bruno Fernandes, the Portugal international will return to full fitness soon to bring more competition for first-team places. 

Fernandes said (as per The Athletic): “We are really happy for the team that it gets more and more players fit. 

“Diogo is training also with us and will probably be fully fit really soon, and that is really good because the manager has more options.” 

Dalot faces huge competition 

Wan-Bissaka struggled for minutes before the World Cup break under manager Erik ten Hag. 

The Dutch manager preferred Dalot over him due to his lack of offensive threat. 

However, the Englishman has made a remarkable comeback after the season recommenced. 

The 25-year-old has started all previous six Premier League matches and has been impressive.

He has averaged 2.3 tackles, 1.6 interceptions and 2.0 clearances per game in the English top-flight, with his passing accuracy almost 80 percent (as per WhoScored). 

The former Crystal Palace star is highly rated for his tackling and ball interception skills. He is also excellent at winning one-on-one duels. 

Dalot’s attacking attributes are more appealing for Ten Hag, but he is unlikely to displace Wan-Bissaka immediately after his return to full fitness.