Manchester United Under-18 winger Tahith Chong is edging closer towards making a comeback after a lengthy injury layoff.
The 17-year-old, who moved to Old Trafford from Dutch giants Feyenoord in 2016, sustaining knee-ligament damage against Everton during the Under-18s 1-1 draw against Everton earlier in January.
Chong had an impressive start to his United career, but a knee injury restricted his progress with the 20-time English champions. Earlier in January, the Red Devils Under-18s coach Kieran McKenna was confident the teenager will come back stronger from the setback.
He has provided a positive update on Chong's recovery, but stressed that United are not looking to rush the player back from injury. McKenna also refused to provide any timescale on his comeback.
"Tahith is progressing really well. We are happy with where he is at physically. He's progressing well with his rehab and is getting stronger all the time," McKenna told MUTV.
"He's doing a lot of work on the pitch and functional work, as has been the case all the way through. We're not looking to rush him.
"With young players, we have to be more careful than with a player at the end of his career so we'll give him plenty of time and make sure, when he's back, he's right. But he's feeling good and looking to kick on with his development.
"We're looking forward to having him back but we're not putting any pressure of timescales on him."
Chong's return to the United Under-18s should be a massive boost for McKenna. The winger has revealed that his "main focus" is to regain full fitness in order to help him get back on the pitch.
"My aims this year are to get fit again and this is the main focus. Then, we'll see after what happens. I want to get back on the pitch and get back stronger. I've started doing a bit of work outside now and a bit of running," Chong explained.