Solskjaer explains Cavani's absence against City

Sunday 07 March 2021 15:59

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has provided an update on Edinson Cavani after the striker was omitted from the squad to face Manchester City.

Edinson was a notable omission from the group when the Reds' starting XI was announced an hour before kick-off earlier today, with Anthony Martial replacing him up front.

Cavani had returned to the team for Wednesday’s 0-0 draw against Crystal Palace, having missed four games prior to that with a knock, but he was withdrawn in the latter stages at Selhurst Park.
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Speaking to club media ahead of Sunday's Manchester derby, Ole gave this update on Cavani: "He had to come off [in] training, he didn’t feel right unfortunately.

"But Anto is available and that’s good news."

In another interview with Sky Sports, the boss said: "He’s got a niggle again unfortunately. He had to come off training yesterday. We had to make a team without him."

The boss didn't give any further indication on the severity of the problem, or whether the 34-year-old will be fit to feature in Thursday's Europa League meeting with AC Milan.

Cavani’s injury means he has missed all three meetings against Pep Guardiola’s side this term, after sitting out the reverse league game with a knock, as well as the Carabao Cup semi-final encounter through suspension.

Donny van de Beek is also missing for Sunday’s Premier League game at the Etihad Stadium, with Paul Pogba and Phil Jones ruled out through injury as well.

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