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Man United defender Malacia due to return early next year after setback in recovery from injury

MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Manchester United defender Tyrell Malacia is expected to return from a knee injury early next year, his club said Friday.

The left back had surgery during the offseason and then required another operation following an unspecified setback.

He has not played yet this season and United did not give a firm date on his expected return to action.

“Unfortunately, he suffered a setback during his rehabilitation, which required further surgery,” United said in a statement. “This has been successfully completed and Malacia is now back at Carrington working hard to be fit early in the New Year.”

Malacia joined United from Feyenoord last season in deal worth around 13 million pounds ($16 million).

The Netherlands international's last appearance was for his country in the Nations League semifinals against Croatia in June.

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