Mason Greenwood set for Football Manager game return


The makers of Football Manager plan to reinstate Getafe forward Mason Greenwood to their game as the forward continues his preparations over a return to football.

Greenwood had been subject to an internal investigation from Manchester United since February this year when the UK’s Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) discontinued its case against him for attempted rape, assault, and coercive control. He denied all the alleged offences.

The 21-year-old had been removed from Football Manager in February 2022 following his initial arrest on January 30, 2022.

But following his loan to Getafe from United, Sports Interactive are set to add Greenwood back to their electronic game now he is poised to resume his career in Spain.

Sports Interactive told The Athletic: “Players or officials serving indefinite suspensions from football, for any reason, are removed from Football Manager at the first opportunity.

“When suspensions or playing restrictions are lifted, the player or official will be reinstated in-game at the next scheduled update.”

An official release date for Football Manager 24 has not yet been confirmed but FM23 was released in November 2022.

The Athletic also contacted EA Sports to ask whether Greenwood would return to EA Sports FC 24, a replacement for the FIFA-branded football game. EA Sports said it expected to be able to provide an update in due course.

Greenwood was available for transfer after United confirmed on August 21 that they had abandoned their plan to bring the forward back into the first-team squad and they were working with the player to find a new club to restart his career.

He scored 35 goals in 129 senior appearances for United.

The Athletic reported this month that Greenwood, who had interest from several clubs in the Premier League, Italy, Germany, and Spain, was set to join La Liga side Getafe on loan.

Greenwood has not played since January 22, 2022 but could make his Getafe debut on September 17 when they play Osasuna at home in La Liga.

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