Anthony Martial celebrates a goal

Early team news for Leicester trip

Thursday 31 January 2019 08:54

Manchester United are hoping Anthony Martial recovers from injury in time to face Leicester City on Sunday in the Reds' next Premier League outing.

The French forward scored as a substitute in the Emirates FA Cup win at Arsenal, but picked up a problem in training that caused him to miss the 2-2 draw with Burnley at Old Trafford.

Caretaker boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer revealed there were a few niggles in his squad that influenced his selection for the game against the Clarets.

Smalling could make his first appearance for the Reds since 8 December.

Ander Herrera is believed to be one of those who needed a rest, after he was left on the bench on Tuesday, while Chris Smalling made a welcome return as another of the unused subs following the foot injury he sustained in December’s 4-1 win over his former club Fulham.

Solskjaer has stressed a need to rotate his players due to the challenges being posed at home and abroad in this upcoming spell and he will be keeping his fingers crossed that there were no additional worries on the back of the Burnley clash.

Paul Pogba was caught by a late challenge from Phil Bardsley and Marcus Rashford was also subjected to some physical treatment from the Clarets defenders. If Rashford plays against the Foxes, he will make his 100th Premier League appearance.

Like Smalling, Eric Bailly is an option to come into defence while Jesse Lingard came off the bench to good effect when earning the penalty that sparked the Reds’ tremendous late comeback against Burnley. 

Meanwhile, for Leicester, England defender Harry Maguire returned from injury against Liverpool on Wednesday night and scored the crucial equaliser in the Foxes' 1-1 draw at Anfield. 

Boy wonder Marcus Rashford is poised to make his 100th Premier League appearance at the weekend.

Ole could provide an update on his team plans in his pre-match press conference on Friday, ahead of the trip to the King Power Stadium.

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