Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has received a major injury boost ahead of this weekend’s Premier League clash against West Brom. Marcus Rashford and Harry Maguire are both set to return after suffering slight injury worries during the international break.
United are set to have a near-full strength side for Saturday’s game against West Brom.
The Red Devils are looking to build on their 3-1 win over Everton before the international break, but had a few injury concerns during the past fortnight.
First, Rashford was withdrawn from England duty after suffering a shoulder injury, before Maguire suffered a bruised foot following Wednesday’s win over Iceland.
He wasn’t spotted at training on Thursday, sparking fears he would sit out of this weekend’s tie.
However, speaking at his Friday press conference Solskjaer confirmed Rashford had returned to training.
He insisted that without any further issues, the English forward will likely be involved.
Solskjaer also discussed Eric Bailly’s condition after the centre-back returned to training, and confirmed he would not be ready.
In a further defensive setback, he confirmed that Marcos Rojo and Victor Lindelof will likely miss out.
Solskjaer said: “Possibles but some of them are probably some doubts, Marcus joined for the first time today, hopefully no reaction.
“Bailly first day today so no, him and Marcos Rojo joined for the first time for a month, so they’re not ready, Victor, we’ll have to check tomorrow because his back is not great.”
United will also be without Luke Shaw, Jesse Lingard and Phil Jones, who are all recovering from various injuries.
Solskjaer continued: “The short version is it’s Luke Shaw, Jesse Lingard and Phil Jones are the only ones who didn’t join in parts of the training today.
“Some are in different stages after internationals, recoveries and working back after illness and fitness and we’ll make a decision tonight, but most of them have joined in today and some yesterday, so it’s looking good.”
Solskjaer also discussed the news that the Premier League has opted to return to the five substitutes rule, meaning he has the option to rotate his side heavily.
He continued: “Those go hand in hand, we had a very good managers’ meeting the other day where we discussed it.
“Player Welfare has to be at forefront of our heads, mental and physical health and 2020 is a year no one could have foreseen and nobody knows the after-effects of it, but we can use common sense with fixture scheduling as well and we as managers need to look after players when they’ve played too many games. We need to try and give them rest when possible.
“It’s a complex situation for many of us and I know loads of injuries happen towards end of games and if you have the chance in the last 15 or 20 minutes to take players off, instead of making three [subs] you might save some injuries. Fatigue is the main cause, you might be late in a tackle and hurt someone else or yourself.”
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