Manchester United defender Timothy Fosu-Mensah has suffered an injury ahead of the Red Devils' FA Cup final clash against Crystal Palace on Saturday (22 May), which has also seen him being omitted from the Netherlands team for their upcoming friendlies against the Republic of Ireland, Poland and Austria. The 18-year-old has been impressive since breaking into the first-team under Louis van Gaal in the second-half of the season, for which he was rewarded with a call up to the national team.
Dutch national team coach Danny Blind has admitted that he was looking forward to assessing the youngster with the senior setup, but is confident that he will see more of Fosu-Mensah in the future. The former Ajax youth team star was a regular in the U21's until a spate of injuries to first-team stars earned him a call up. He made his Premier League debut against Arsenal as a second-half substitute and made his first start in the next game against Watford.
Fosu-Mensah has since made six further appearances in the league, while also playing a key role in United's run to the finals of the FA Cup and will be gutted to be missing out on a place in the squad for their trip to Wembley on Saturday. The defender has revealed that he is working hard on his comeback, with the club yet to confirm the nature of his injury.
"Timothy is eighteen. There's a lot come down on him in recent weeks. The reward for this was a place on the shortlist. I wanted him in the final selection, but you have to be fit. And he's not one hundred percent fit at the moment," Blind said, as quoted by the Manchester Evening News.
"That's too bad. I wanted to see him, but I hope I can still see him at work after the summer," the Netherlands national team coach added.