Manchester United midfielder Nemanja Matic targets a return when the club plays Derby County in the midweek in the England Carabao cup, as he is recovering from his injury. The Serbian defensive midfielder missed out on Manchester United’s 1-1 draw with Wolves on Saturday due to abdominal issues which have continued to resurface since last season.

The player undergone surgery last summer in a bid to correct the ailment as it is the only proven way.

Matic in an interview with club official magazine Inside United, said: “I’d had this injury for a few months and, when I went to America, in the first training session, I didn’t feel well and I asked the doctor to see what he could do”. “I had the operation in Philadelphia as, after the scan, the doctor recommended surgery as the only way to fix the problem. I feel good now”. “I could see I couldn’t give my best because this injury was serious. It was painful so I needed to fix it. Sometimes, you can play through the pain and I played the last few months of the season with the pain but I think, for this season, it was better to fix the problem”. “I didn’t want to spend time during the season fixing it as I need to be ready for the season that we have”.

Matic arrived Manchester United in the summer of 2017 after lifting the league with Chelsea and had since then established himself as a starter under Jose Mourinho.

Manchester United will play West Ham next weekend in the Premier League after playing Derby County on Tuesday night in the English Carabao Cup.