Manchester United defender spotted for first time this season after lengthy injury lay-off

Tyrell Malacia has been spotted for the first time this seasonTyrell Malacia has been spotted for the first time this season
Tyrell Malacia has been spotted for the first time this season | IG: @iiszzyy_
He has not played for Man Utd this season and is not expected to be back in action until the summer.

Manchester United defender Tyrell Malacia has been pictured doing some gym work as he looks to overcome an injury nightmare that has seen him sidelined since last summer.

The Dutch defender did not take part in United's pre-season tour of the United States after suffering a knee injury and has still not returned to training, despite an initial expectation he would be back by the end of last year.

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Malacia initially underwent knee surgery last summer and then suffered a setback during his rehabilitation which required a further procedure. Speaking back in March, Erik ten Hag confirmed the 24-year-old was unlikely to return to action before the end of the season.

"I think it’s going to be difficult for this season to be available," he told reporters of Malacia's situation. "He will fight, he’s back on the pitch, but not in the team and the process had some setbacks and is still going really slowly forward, and the season is going to an end."

Malacia’s lengthy lay-off has led to a number of conspiracy theories regarding his whereabouts, however he looks to be in good shape as he edges closer to a return to action.

He is still not expected to be back in action anytime soon but he has finally been spotted doing some gym work as he looks to make up for lost time in a United shirt.

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Instagram user '@iiszzyy_' uploaded a video of the former Feyenoord defender in which he could be seen lifting weights. It is the first time he has been spotted on social media since his lengthy lay-off was confirmed.

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