Manchester United provide update on Birmingham City loan star Tahith Chong

Manchester United striker Tahith Chong has returned to Birmingham City training after a three-week absence.

The 22-year-old picked up a hamstring injury against West Brom earlier this month and has missed the Blues’ last four games. But Birmingham boss Lee Bowyer has now said he is on the mainland for Saturday’s trip to Cardiff.

Chong was forced to miss four months of his one-year loan with a thigh injury which required surgery, so he returned to United to rehabilitate. He played six games for the Championship club on his return, only to suffer another setback.

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Birmingham will no doubt carefully manage the player for the remainder of the campaign to avoid reigniting his hamstring problem. The winger has impressed St Andrew’s spectators with his pace, work rate and versatility this season.

The Netherlands Under-21 international has made 19 league appearances this season, scoring once and assisting three more. Chong has proven to be very adaptable at Birmingham, playing in several positions on the front line, including centre-forward and attacking midfielder.

The youngster’s contract at United expires this summer. However, the one-year extension of his contract is expected to be triggered.

Chong played 16 times for United’s first team, including in the memorable Champions League Round of 16 first leg against PSG in 2019. He also provided two assists in the Europa League.

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