Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Mata Boost as He Is Set for Early Return from Injury

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Mata Boost as He Is Set for Early Return from Injury

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JUAN Mata is set to make his United comeback before the end of the season.

The Spanish midfielder had surgery to repair a hernia at the end of last month and has missed United's last seven matches.

Jose Mourinho recently ruled Mata out for the rest of the campaign when he reported he wouldn't be fit until the end of May.

However, Mata has posted a more upbeat update and believes he could now beef up United's depleted squad as the Premier League top-four battle intensifies and the Reds aim for a place in the Europa League final in Stockholm on May 24, with the semi-final against Celta Vigo next week and the week after.

Mata said in his weekly blog: "This month has been a bit too long for me due to my injury.

"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. …

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