Key Man United star Dean Henderson is now a fitness concern for our season opener against Leeds United.
The English shot-stopper was involved in a brutal back and forth battle with David de Gea for the starting role last term. However, the 24-year-old’s chance at gaining an advantage over his Spanish counterpart is over.
It has been confirmed that Henderson will miss United’s Scotland training camp as he’s suffering from ‘prolonged fatigue’, following contracting COVID-19 a few weeks ago.
Henderson, who was a surprise omission from several pre-season games, is still suffering from the after-effects, but the good news is he’s due back in training ‘soon’.
“Dean Henderson will miss Manchester United’s Scotland training camp while he continues his recovery from prolonged fatigue after contracting a COVID-19 infection three weeks ago,” the club said.
“He is expected to be training again soon.”
This is just brutal for Henderson first and foremost. While De Gea was away on holiday following Spanish national team duties, this was Hendo’s chance to prove to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer he deserved to be number one. Sadly, that opportunity was over before it even started.
Now, with the Leeds United game just ten days away, Henderson’s chances at starting look slim to none. Not only hasn’t he featured in a pre-season fixture, he’s barely had any action in training.
Don’t forget he spent the summer injured, too, so there’s every chance that Solskjaer approaches this with caution – and likely ensures Henderson sees some minutes for the U23s before returning to senior action.
The top priority now is Henderson’s mental and physical well-being. It’s about getting back to full strength, returning to training when possible and making his mark in those sessions.
Hopefully, he’s not kept sidelined for too much longer.
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