Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Mata Has Mixed Emotions as He Returns to Squad

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Mata Has Mixed Emotions as He Returns to Squad

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JUAN Mata has described his happiness at returning to the United squad after he recovered from injury.

The 29-year-old was named on the bench against Swansea on Sunday and could be set to feature against Celta Vigo on Thursday.

The Spain international had missed the previous eight games following a hernia operation and initially Jose Mourinho feared he could be ruled out for the entire season. But Mata has returned ahead of schedule to give Mourinho's injury-ravaged squad a huge boost. He underwent a lengthy training session with a member of United's fitness team on the pitch after the Swansea game and is expected to be available to start against Vigo.

In his weekly blog, Mata reacted to his comeback and said he was 'very happy' to be back.

He wrote: "This week we're having a mix of good and bad feelings once again, the latter being, of course, the draw against Swansea and Luke and Eric's injuries. …

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