Man Utd star Antony’s arrival spotted ahead of Palace clash as return plan set

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Antony has been pictured arriving at Manchester United’s Carrington training base as he prepares to return to action after a spell out of the spotlight. The Brazilian winger could be back in contention as early as Tuesday while he supports a police investigation into abuse allegations made against him.

Antony strongly denies all claims of wrongdoing and returned to Manchester earlier this week to address allegations made by former partner Gabriela Cavallin.

The 23-year-old voluntarily agreed to meet with Greater Manchester Police upon his return to the country, and he spent five hours at a police station on Thursday for questioning.

The Manchester Evening News have published images of Antony arriving at Carrington for the first time since before the September international break in a major boost for Erik ten Hag.

He looks set to train on Saturday while his teammates face Crystal Palace at Old Trafford, aiming to secure a third consecutive win to leave behind a tumultuous start to the season.

Antony could be an option for Tuesday’s Champions League clash with Galatasaray in M16, where Ten Hag’s side will vie to bounce back from their opening 4-3 Group A defeat at Bayern Munich.

Ahead of the Palace fixture, Ten Hag claimed he believed Antony was fit despite missing four games since the 3-1 loss at Arsenal on September 3.

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The United No 21 started the club’s opening four games against Wolves, Tottenham Hotspur, Nottingham Forest and the Gunners.

But he remained in Brazil after dropping out of international duty as he addressed allegations, subsequently missing outings against Brighton, Bayern, Burnley and Palace.

On Friday, United confirmed Antony’s return to contention with a club statement.

It read: “Since allegations were first made in June, Antony has cooperated with police inquiries in both Brazil and the UK, and he continues to do so.

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“As Antony’s employer, Manchester United has decided that he will resume training at Carrington and be available for selection while police inquiries proceed. This will be kept under review pending further developments in the case.

“As a club, we condemn acts of violence and abuse. We recognise the importance of safeguarding all those involved in this situation and acknowledge the impact these allegations have on survivors of abuse.”

Reports claim that Director of Football John Murtough and Chief Communications Officer Ellie Norman met with United’s women’s team to explain the decision to allow Antony to return.

And no issues were said to be raised by Marc Skinner’s players after they were offered one-on-one meetings to discuss the matter further.

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