Matt Ritchie watched the Manchester United victory from the press box on Sunday. The Sun’s David Coverdale gave the following characterization of Ritchie during the match.
Matt Ritchie was sat in the row in front of me during that. Showed the same passion as he does on the pitch. Kicked every ball and was barking orders at the players. Great to see. #nufc
— David Coverdale (@dpcoverdale) October 6, 2019
Matt has been out since suffering an ankle injury on August 28th against Leicester City in the Carabao Cup. The injury was initially said to be a two-month injury as there was damage to the ligaments.
Matt Ritchie– after Hamza Choudhury tackle
A couple of weeks later in the lead up to the Liverpool match, Steve Bruce gave the following update on Ritchie:
“Matt Ritchie has been quite remarkable in his recovery. He has shocked us all. But the way he trained yesterday and the day before, as long as he doesn’t have any reaction, he is not far away.
But it all went quiet on the Ritchie recovery front after that. This past week he was the only player not to partake in team training.
The Chronicle have issued an injury update on Matt Ritchie that, while not devastating, is a little disappointing.
The report states that Ritchie has undergone a minor procedure to clean up the area around his ankle. Due to this, Matt’s return could be delayed a little longer than originally hoped.
This is what is written in the Chronicle about the operation:
But after further assessments it was decided to clear up the area around his ankle with the operation, meaning a potential later return to the field.
It does not appear that there is any major set-back, but Ritchie’s availability for the Chelsea is now very much in doubt.