Manchester United manager Erik Ten Hag has confirmed goalkeeper Andre Onana will be available for selection when they take on Wigan in the away third-round fixture of the FA Cup on Sunday.
There have been reports that United have been engaging the Cameroon Federation to allow them use Onana for the Wigan and next Premier League fixture against Tottenham before he links up with the Indomitable Lions for their Africa Cup of Nations fixtures.
Speaking to reporters at Carrington on Thursday, Ten Hag was asked about Onana’s availability and he responded:
“So, we’re talking with [the] Cameroon Federation. It was an issue during the talks with Andre when he came in here, and it’s constructive, so we will see.”
When pressed further to clarify if Onana will be available for the Wigan game, Ten Hag said: “I don’t know yet, but he will be there for the game against Wigan.”
FIFA rules state that the club were obliged to release him for international duty on January 1, but they will keep him for an extra fortnight.
The Cameroon squad are currently taking part in a warm-up camp in Saudi Arabia, where they are due to play a friendly against Zambia on Jan. 9. They will begin their AFCON campaign against Guinea just 24 hours later on January 15.