Man United’s Dalot vis­its ‘Mir­a­cle Doc­tor’ in China

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SHANG­HAI (AFP) — In­jured Manch­ester United de­fender Diogo Dalot has been hav­ing treat­ment at Chi­nese club Shang­hai SIPG un­der a Brazil­ian physio known as the “Mir­a­cle Doc­tor”.

The 20-year-old Por­tuguese right­back is yet to fea­ture this season and man­ager Ole Gun­nar Sol­sk­jaer said last month that he was out un­til af­ter the cur­rent in­ter­na­tional break.

What Sol­sk­jaer did not say is that Dalot, a $25 mil­lion capture in June 2018 from Porto, was suf­fer­ing with a hip prob­lem and had gone to see Shang­hai’s physio Ed­uardo San­tos.

Dalot landed in Shang­hai on August 29 and spent 10 days with the Chi­nese cham­pi­ons, the club said, pub­lish­ing a photo of the de­fender at their train­ing ground.

Dalot, who could be moved to a more advanced role on United’s right af­ter the sign­ing of Aaron Wan-Bis­saka, may now be in con­tention for a Pre­mier League start this month.

Then-United man­ager Jose Mour­inho called Dalot the best young full-back in Europe af­ter sign­ing him last sum­mer.

San­tos was dubbed “Mir­a­cle Doc­tor” by French media in 2015 af­ter get­ting de­fender David Luiz — then at Paris Saint-Ger­main — fit in just a few days af­ter a se­ri­ous ham­string tear.

Luiz had con­tacted his fel­low Brazil­ian, then em­ployed by Zenit St.

Peters­burg, and flew off to Rus­sia for treat­ment.

French in­ter­na­tional Eli­aquim Man­gala, for­mer Tot­ten­ham mid­fielder Mousa Dem­bele and Colom­bian striker Radamel Fal­cao have all sought San­tos’s help in re­cent years.

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