Ten Hag reveals latest team news

Friday 31 March 2023 13:30

Erik ten Hag has provided an update on Manchester United's squad, following the recent international break.

A number of Reds have been away representing their respective countries across the world but preparation is being ramped up at Carrington for the return to Premier League combat in Sunday's 16:30 BST kick-off at Newcastle United.

With the Magpies only three points behind Erik's side in the table, it is a key battle in the race for a top-four place.

The boss addressed the key issue of Marcus Rashford's fitness situation, after our leading scorer was forced to withdraw from the England squad through injury.

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Eddie Howe says the Magpies are in great shape heading into Sunday's clash on Tyneside.

The manager is optimistic that 27-goal Rashford will be fit after he joined in with the main group during Friday's session at Carrington.

"I have good hope," said Erik. "He trained but he had to do some treatment, he had to do some individual training and, today, he joined in the group. I think we have one more day so I have good hope he's available. I think so.

"For me, it's positive that he took that time to turn off from football [to go to New York]. I've seen him back this week and he showed a lot of energy, a lot of motivation, so this training, as the whole team, was a really good session with a lot of spirit, but especially also with Marcus."

There is more encouraging news, with Anthony Martial in line to be named in a matchday squad for the first time since the Carabao Cup win over Nottingham Forest on 1 February.

Raphael Varane went into the break with an injury, while Marcel Sabitzer did not come off the bench in Austria's second international, against Estonia, after picking up a knock when starring against Azerbaijan.

United are definitely without Casemiro, who captained Brazil and scored in their recent friendly with Morocco, as he serves the second of his four-game suspension for the red card against Southampton.

Our no.18 will also miss the upcoming home Premier League matches against Brentford and Everton next week.

Exciting winger Alejandro Garnacho remains out after suffering ankle-ligament damage in the draw with Southampton, while midfielders Christian Eriksen and Donny van de Beek are also still sidelined.

Goalkeeper Tom Heaton revealed to club media on Thursday that he will be absent for a short while, also with an ankle injury, although he hopes to be available again before the end of April.


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