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Manchester United receive double injury boost ahead of Leicester clash

Manchester United have received a double injury boost ahead of their Premier League clash with Leicester City this afternoon after it was revealed that both Harry Maguire and Marcus Rashford are progressing well in their respective recoveries.

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Rashford is yet to feature for the Red Devils this season after undergoing surgery for a persistent shoulder injury over the summer following his exploits for England in Euro 2020, while Maguire missed United’s 1-1 draw with Everton last time out after picking up a calf problem.

However, it seems as though the English duo could return to action at the King Power Stadium after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer gave a positive update on their fitness levels.

“Harry’s just joined us on the grass this morning, that’s the first time he’s been on the grass. Amad: first time on the grass today as well. So we look quite strong,” the Norwegian said in Friday’s press conference.

The United boss continued: “He’s (Rashford) in the squad, yes. If he’s going to start or not, I can’t tell you now, because it wouldn’t be right. He’s worked really hard throughout the whole lay-off. He’s been really bright this week and had a 60-minute involvement in a behind-closed-doors game last week, so he’s fit and raring to go.”

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However, it wasn’t all good news for United on the availability front as Solskjaer confirmed that South American pair Edinson Cavani and Fred will be unavailable for selection.

“With regards to Fred and Edinson, they played a full game this morning, 1.30 am kick-off. So we’re not counting on them,” the 48-year-old stated.

“We have to give them time to rest and recover. You have to. They played well; that’s the good thing for us, not injured, but hopefully, they can be involved in midweek in the Champions League.”

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Solskjaer will be delighted

News that Maguire and Rashford could play some part against Leicester will have Solskjaer feeling delighted ahead of what’s set to be a tricky encounter.

Only Bruno Fernandes topped the 23-year-old’s Premier League tallies of 11 goals and nine assists respectively last term, while none of his teammates could match his average of 2.2 dribbles per league game, as per WhoScored.

Maguire was also instrumental to the Old Trafford outfit’s fortunes last term, captaining the 20-time English champions in all 34 of his league starts and duly highlighting his importance to the side. Nobody won more headers per game than his four, while only one player exceeded his match average of 1.8 interceptions, as per WhoScored, emphasising the former Foxes’ defenders value to the United squad.

It seems unlikely that either of them will start in today’s fixture, but even having them in the matchday squad will be a welcome boost for Solskjaer’s stuttering charges.

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