Man Utd face injury crisis as Solskjaer confirms quadruple blow ahead of Leicester
Manchester United are facing an injury crisis with up to seven players set to miss Saturday’s Premier League clash with Leicester at Old Trafford.
Manchester United are facing an injury crisis with up to seven players in danger of missing Saturday’s Premier League clash with Leicester City at Old Trafford.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer held his pre-match press conference this morning and he confirmed that Paul Pogba is expected to miss the visit of the Foxes tomorrow after failing to recover from an ankle injury.
The midfielder suffered the problem during the closing stages of the draw at Southampton and was forced to sit out both of France’s games during the international break. Solskjaer says Pogba has been unable to train properly so unless he makes a miraculous recovery over the next 24 hours, the Frenchman will miss the Leicester game on Saturday.
Anthony Martial is also set to remain on the sidelines with a thigh injury that kept him out of the Southampton game two weeks ago. There were hopes that the attacker would recover in time to face Leicester but Solskjaer says the game against West Ham next weekend is a more realistic target for Martial and Pogba.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka pulled out of the England squad with a back injury and Solskjaer says the right-back remains a major doubt for this weekend’s game while Jesse Lingard is also struggling to overcome illness. Both players will be assessed at Carrington today but Solskjaer says a place on the bench is the best they can hope for against Leicester.
Man Utd have further absentees with Solskjaer suggesting that none of his other injury concerns will be available this weekend meaning that Luke Shaw remains out with a hamstring injury while Eric Bailly, Diogo Dalot and Timothy Fosu-Mensah are also still unavailable.
When asked for an update on his injured players by ManUtd.com, Solskjaer said:
“I can’t promise any of them will be on the pitch but we’ll try to get one or two more on the bench,”
“Let’s see when we get to the game. Maybe next weekend [at West Ham United], we’ll have more of them back. That’s how it is in football and why we have loads of quality and numbers and we’re fine.”
The United boss then elaborated further during his press conference, telling reporters as per ManUtd.com:
“Well, the treatment room has been busy and still is. We don’t really know who is going to be available. Maybe Aaron, maybe Jesse and I think maybe that’s it from the ones that had to pull out [of the internationals], but I can’t promise those two will be available either.
”Pogba won’t be fit, no, unless he’s had a miraculous recovery overnight from yesterday to today or maybe from tonight to tomorrow. He’s not been ready to do 100 per cent training, no. We hope, as I’ve said, that more can be ready for West Ham next week and Paul and Anthony are in that category. I think they’ll be ready for then and I can’t say more than that really.”
So Solskjaer has huge injury problems to deal with as he desperately tries to get back to winning ways against Leicester after a run of disappointing results that’s seen Man Utd take just two points from their last three games.
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