Christian Eriksen is set to return from a long-term ankle injury next month, according to Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag.
Eriksen sustained the injury after being on the wrong end of a hefty Andy Carroll tackle during United’s 3-1 EFL Cup win over Reading on January 28.
The Denmark international had been expected to miss the bulk of the majority of the season, with initial hopes for an April or May return.
Ten Hag offered a positive update on the former Tottenham and Inter playmaker, who had been a central figure in their revival in the first half of the season.
“Yes, some point in April, he will be back,” Ten Hag said. “He is doing really well, really good in his rehab.
“The progress is very good and we have to see how that develops in the coming weeks.”
United have a busy upcoming fixture given their commitments across the Premier League, FA Cup and Europa League, with nine games scheduled for April.
The Red Devils are currently third in the league in the race to clinch Champions League qualification, holding a three-point lead on fifth-placed Newcastle United.
The 31-year-old had made 29 appearances in all competitions this term for United, netting two goals with nine assists, including seven in the Premier League.
Despite not playing since January, Eriksen is still equal third with Mohamed Salah and Leandro Trossard for most league assists this term, behind Kevin De Bruyne (12) and Bukayo Saka (nine).
Bruno Fernandes (six) has the second-most Premier League assists this term for United, with Casemiro and Marcus Rashford both providing three.
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