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Man Utd injury round-up – Cavani, Varane, Wan-Bissaka latest

Ralf Rangnick could welcome back a number of faces against Brighton should the game go ahead following Man Utd’s current Covid-19 crisis

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Man Utd v Brentford postponed due to COVID

Manchester United face Brighton & Hove Albion at Old Trafford on Saturday as they look to pick up another three points in order to continue Ralf Rangnick’s perfect start in charge.

However, the club experienced a number of Covid-19 cases following last weekend’s victory at Norwich City and subsequently had their fixture away to Brentford on Tuesday postponed as a result.

A high number of players and staff at the club had tested positive, resulting in the training ground closing for a number of days too, although it reopened on Thursday.

Should they overcome the worst of their Covid crisis, then it is hoped that their game against the Seagulls will go ahead, and therefore Rangnick will be hoping to welcome back some of his players from injury for the contest.

Here is all you need to know about the current state of play at Old Trafford and the potential return dates for those out injured.

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Edinson Cavani is expected to return to the Man Utd squad against Brighton
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Edinson Cavani

Despite plenty of speculation surrounding his future at Old Trafford ahead of the January transfer window, Edinson Cavani will still be expected to play a part on his return from injury.

The Uruguayan has been struggling with a recurring problem in his tendon, yet he was expected to make a return in Tuesday’s game at Brentford, before it was postponed.

Rangnick was optimistic about Cavani being involved for the trip to London on Tuesday, so it can be assumed that he will be part of the squad for Saturday’s clash with Brighton.

Raphael Varane

Raphael Varane is expected to finally make his long-awaited return to the United squad after joining in with first-team training sessions again last week.

The French defender has been out since coming off in the Champions League draw with Atalanta at the start of November, where he picked up a thigh injury which proved to be costly for United’s defence.

But after making a return to first team training, there is a strong possibility that Varane will come back into the fold on Saturday.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka

After colliding with the hoardings around the Old Trafford pitch during last week’s Champions League draw with Young Boys, Aaron Wan-Bissaka had to be stretchered off after the match and then missed last weekend’s victory at Norwich.

The right-back had suffered injuries to his knee and wrist during the collision, although Rangnick confirmed after the Carrow Road victory that he would be back in action against Brentford on Tuesday.

Rangnick said: “A few players are available again, […] Wan-Bissaka be available again on Tuesday.”

Aaron Wan-Bissaka has recovered from his injuries he sustained against Young Boys
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Anthony Martial

A fourth player who could return to action this weekend is wantaway-forward Anthony Martial, who has been recovering from a knee injury that he picked up in training.

It was revealed that Martial had felt a slight pain on his knee and had been advised to continue recovering before rushing back into match action.

Speaking on Saturday, Rangnick said: “So, we have to wait and see. Maybe he can train tomorrow [Sunday] but I have to speak to the doctor first.”

Paul Pogba

Paul Pogba continues to be a long-term injury absentee for United as he works his way back from a thigh injury he sustained on international duty with France last month.

It is thought that Pogba will miss the remainder of the year but there is no current expected return date as things stand.

Speaking ahead of the Norwich trip, Rangnick said: “From what I have heard so far, it will take another couple of weeks until he [Pogba] can train again. And then he has been out for quite some time, so then it will take another couple of weeks to get him match-fit.”

Victor Lindelof is out for precautionary reasons after experiencing breathing difficulties against Norwich
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Victor Lindelof

After being substituted in the second half during that victory at Carrow Road, it was revealed that Victor Lindelof has been struggling with breathing problems and has been undergoing precautions ever since.

It was also revealed that Lindelof has been wearing a heart monitor in the following days, and it is unknown whether he will return to playing action anytime soon.

A club statement on Tuesday said: ‘Victor is currently undergoing a series of precautionary investigations. He has recovered well from the episode he experienced [at Norwich].’

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