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Team news: Will Martial be fit for the Everton trip?

Friday 28 February 2020 10:00

Manchester United are waiting on the fitness of Anthony Martial, as we prepare to face Everton at Goodison Park on Sunday.

The French striker was absent from Thursday’s 5-0 win over Club Brugge in the Europa League, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer revealing that our no.9 had picked up a thigh injury during a training session on Wednesday.

“He went off [during] training yesterday and had treatment,” said Solskjaer, at his post-match press conference.

“He reported this morning and had a fitness test. It’s not his hamstring, it’s his thigh, in and around the knee."

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Ole admitted the extent of the injury would not be known until Martial undergoes a scan on Friday.

If the 15-goal forward does miss out on the trip to Merseyside, the Norwegian expects Odion Ighalo to step up to the plate again, after scoring in his first start against Brugge.

“Odion has definitely shown what type of a striker he is. He will be ready for Sunday,” Solskjaer added.

Long-term absentees Paul Pogba, Marcus Rashford and Lee Grant remain on the sidelines for Sunday's 14:00 GMT kick-off.

Solskjaer also said earlier in the week that, although they are once again training with the first team, returning pair Axel Tuanzebe and Tim Fosu-Mensah will need some game time with the Under-23s in order to boost their match fitness.

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French left-back Lucas Digne (muscle strain) and winger Theo Walcott (knee) are doubts for Sunday's match, having both missed last weekend's 3-2 defeat to Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.

Although midfielder Andre Gomes has returned from the leg fracture he suffered back in November, and is in contention to start, fellow midfielder Jean-Philippe Gbamin is still a long-term absentee after undergoing surgery on a thigh injury. The Ivorian has only played once for the Toffees since signing from Mainz in the summer.

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