Scotland international Scott McTominay won’t make his anticipated Manchester United return this week.

The United midfielder has been sidelined since Boxing Day after picking up a ligament injury. It ruled him out for the whole of January and the entirety of February so far.

Missing for a while. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images)

He was spotted back in training with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side last week while they were out in Spain on a warm weather training camp. Tomorrow’s match with Chelsea will come too soon for McTominay though.

Solskjaer confirmed this to the Manchester Evening News: “Don’t think we’ll get anyone back for the Chelsea game ready. Scotty, Axel, Tim, they didn’t join too much so are not ready to play in that game.”

Getting closer

McTominay has featured 21 times at Old Trafford this term. He’s been a shining light in what has been an up-and-down season for the Red Devils.

A regular when fit. (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP via Getty Images)

A Scotland regular now too, the fact a return is even being discussed would suggest one is close. It’s a further McTominay boost for Scots boss Steve Clarke after the midfielder was spotted training last week.

Clarke will hope for his return ahead of next month’s Euro 2020 play-off match with Israel. A win in that fixture will see Scotland play Norway or Serbia for a place in the summer’s international tournament.

It would be a Scotland first since 1998 and having McTominay back would certainly aid efforts.

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