Man Utd team news: Solskjaer confirms major injury blow for Tottenham clash
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed a major injury blow ahead of Manchester United’s clash with Tottenham on Wednesday night.
Manchester United will be looking to get back to winning ways when they take on Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford on Wednesday night.
Ahead of the game, boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been speaking to the media at his press conference today and he’s provided a team news and injury update including the latest on the fitness of Paul Pogba, Scott McTominay and Nemanja Matic.
Unfortunately for United, Solskjaer confirmed a blow with the news that Pogba won’t be available for the visit of Spurs tomorrow night as he continues to work his way back from an ankle injury.
The 26-year-old hasn’t played since aggravating the issue during the draw with Arsenal at the end of September and has spent time abroad during his rehabilitation to try and finally overcome the issue.
Pogba is now back at Man Utd’s Carrington training base working on his fitness but Solskjaer has confirmed tomorrow’s clash with Tottenham will come too soon for the midfielder.
However, there could be better news on McTominay as the Scottish international has a chance of making his return from an ankle injury against Spurs on Wednesday night.
McTominay has sat out United’s last three matches after sustaining the injury during the win over Brighton before last month’s international break and Solskjaer says he’ll make a decision over his availability after today’s training session.
There could be a double boost for Man Utd as Matic will also be given a late fitness check at training today as he bids to make his return from a niggling muscle injury that’s hampered him in recent weeks.
Solskjaer told ManUtd.com:
“No. Paul’s not ready, no. So, he’s still a bit away, but he’s working hard, so let’s see. He’s out [training] on the grass, so let’s see how long it will take.”
“You know I don’t want to talk about these injuries we’ve had, but of course when you get Scott back, when you get Paul back… we have been light in midfield because we had Scott and Nemanja and Paul out for such a long time and that’s affected us.
“[Scott and Nemanja] are touch-and-go, so let’s get this [today’s] training session out of the way. We’ve got more games than this one, so I can’t just look at one game. We’ve got to look at the long term.”
It would be a big boost for Solskjaer if McTominay and Matic are available against Tottenham as the United boss has been low in midfield numbers recently and the Norwegian coach is under increasing pressure to get back to winning ways after disappointing results against Sheffield United, Astana and Aston Villa.
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