Millie Turner returns early to Man Utd pre-season training

Manchester United centre-back Millie Turner has returned to pre-season training early ahead of the 2022/23 WSL campaign as she looks to work on her fitness following a lengthy absence.

Turner has been one of United’s key players since the club reformed a first-team squad in 2018, but concern over a problem with an artery in her neck discovered in January led to an indefinite layoff.

The 25-year-old, whose form saw her called up for an England training camp in September 2020, was successfully treated but the club continued to understandably exercise considerable care, caution and patience with regard to her return to action.

Turner has been missed by United, with the club turning to veteran defender Diane Caldwell as a short-term addition in the January transfer window. Fellow centre-back Aoife Mannion then suffered an ACL injury in early February, ruling her out for the long-term, and manager Marc Skinner actually finished the season by consistently picking midfielder Hayley Ladd at the back.

Skinner confirmed in late February that Turner was ‘way past the worst’ of the problem. Despite being unavailable for matches, she was still involved in non-contact training in order to maintain her fitness levels as best as possible. She also continued to travel with the squad for matches.