Manchester United midfielder Casemiro has made a return to the training pitch as he prepares for the club’s highly anticipated Champions League showdown against Bayern Munich. The Brazilian international had been sidelined with an ankle injury sustained while on international duty in October, causing him to miss several matches for United. However, the club confirmed that Casemiro rejoined the training session at Carrington on Sunday, although he trained separately while the rest of the squad engaged in a recovery session following their recent Premier League defeat to Bournemouth.
Casemiro’s comeback raises the possibility of his inclusion in the squad for the crucial match against Bayern at Old Trafford on Tuesday. The 31-year-old made a significant impact in the reverse fixture against the German side, scoring two goals despite United ultimately suffering a 4-3 defeat. With Bayern experiencing a slump in form, having recorded two losses along with a draw and a win since their encounter with United, they now face the risk of elimination from the group stage. For United to progress to the last-16, they must secure a victory against Bayern and hope for a draw between Copenhagen and Galatasaray in Denmark.
The return of Casemiro to training brings some much-needed relief to United, who have been plagued by injuries to key players throughout the first half of the season. Luke Shaw and Kobbie Mainoo have recently made their comebacks after lengthy layoffs. Casemiro’s presence will provide a boost for manager Erik ten Hag following the team’s seventh Premier League loss of the season. However, Lisandro Martinez, Mason Mount, Tyrell Malacia, and others are still on the treatment table with no concrete timeline for their return.
United fans will be eager to see Casemiro regain his form and contribute to the team’s success. The Brazilian midfielder had a stellar season in 2022-23 after joining United from Real Madrid but has struggled to replicate his performances in the early stages of this season. Rumors have circulated about a potential January exit for Casemiro as part of a squad overhaul. A string of impressive displays during the festive period could potentially change his situation. United’s upcoming matches against Liverpool, West Ham, Aston Villa, and Nottingham Forest in the Premier League present an opportunity for Casemiro to make an impact and solidify his place in the team.