Manchester United favourite Juan Mata has hinted that he may return to action from a groin injury much sooner than expected after informing fans through his personal blog that he hopes to be back with the team 'soon.'
Following groin surgery last month, it was anticipated that Mata wouldn't play again this season. Even in the best case scenario a return for the Europa League final might have been possible if United make it that far, but now the player himself appears much more positive.
"As you can imagine, this month has been a bit too long for me due to my injury...I had never been in a situation like this before (I've been very lucky), but the truth is I'm feeling much better now and I hope to be back with the team soon, to try to help in the last spell of the season," he explained.
"I hope so, because that's all I want: being always available to help and to contribute as much as I can, both on and off the pitch. A million thanks for all your messages wishing me a speedy recovery, I'm getting closer!"
No exact time frame is known, but if Mata really is able to return to action in the next couple of weeks it will come as a huge boost to United with games still coming thick and fast.
The Spaniard hasn't played since bagging an assist in the Premier League win over Middlesbrough prior to the March international break and remains the club's second highest scorer this season behind only Zlatan Ibrahimovic with 10 goals across all competitions.
United face cross-town rivals City in the Manchester derby this Thursday, with an opportunity to leapfrog the Sky Blues in the Premier League table as well as close the gap on Liverpool, while the visit of relegation threatened Swansea to Old Trafford will be their first game in May.
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