Man Utd team news: Solskjaer confirms setback as duo are ruled out of Fulham trip

By on February 8, 2019

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Manchester United can climb in to the top four with a win over Fulham at Craven Cottage on Saturday lunchtime. 

Ahead of the game, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been speaking to the media at his pre-match press conference this morning and he’s provided a full team news and injury update including the latest on Marcos Rojo, Matteo Darmian and Antonio Valencia.

Let’s start with the positive news and Solskjaer confirmed that Rojo is back in full training after finally recovering from a leg injury. The defender has spent time recuperating in Argentina but he’s back at Carrington and working to get back up to full fitness.

However, there wasn’t such encouraging news on Valencia as Solskjaer has revealed the right-back has suffered a set-back in his recovery from a muscle injury and is facing a couple more weeks on the sidelines.

Valencia has featured just once since Solskjaer arrived as caretaker manager so it looks like the Ecuadorian international is going to have to wait a little while longer to try and force his way back in to the United first team.

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Man Utd’s options at full-back have been further limited with the news that Darmian is also facing a couple of weeks out so Solskjaer will have to rely on Ashley Young, Diogo Dalot and Luke Shaw this weekend.

He told ManUtd.com:

“Rojo has been training for a few days, so he’s back in training. But we’ve lost Antonio and Matteo through niggles for a couple of weeks.

“We’re still not bad. We’ve got 20-21 players training every day, so that’s good.”

Otherwise, United have a healthy squad to choose from as Chris Smalling is back in contention after recovering from a foot injury so Solskjaer has a number of selection decisions to make tomorrow.

Man Utd head to the capital sitting fifth in the table but just two points adrift of Chelsea so they can climb up to fourth with a win at Fulham ahead of the Blues’ clash with Man City on Sunday.

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