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Solskjaer's team news for Fulham trip

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has given an update on three defenders ahead of Manchester United's trip to Fulham on Saturday.

The Reds will look to extend the Norwegian's unbeaten run as caretaker manager to 11 matches when facing the struggling west London club in the lunch-time game (kick-off 12:30 GMT).

Before his press conference on Friday, Ole told MUTV in his exclusive interview at the Aon Training Complex that Antonio Valencia and Matteo Darmian will be sidelined for a few weeks with minor injuries.

Solskjaer also said that Marcos Rojo has been training all week, after he recently returned from an injury rehabilitation period in his native Argentina.

Antonio Valencia in training.
Valencia has not played since the Newcastle game on 2 January.

“Rojo has been training for a few days, so he’s back in training,“ said Ole. ”But we’ve lost Antonio and Matteo through niggles for a couple of weeks. 

“We’re still not bad. We’ve got 20-21 players training every day, so that’s good.” 

In a separate discussion at his press conference, he added: “Antonio has been training hard, really hard, and then he got a setback. So, hopefully, in a couple of weeks, he'll be back with us. He's been a fantastic servant at the club, he's captain for a reason and, hopefully, we can get him back on the pitch. It was hard when he broke down, because he would have travelled this weekend.”

HOW ARE FULHAM SHAPING UP?

Claudio Ranieri’s side, who are second from bottom in the Premier League, will have Cyrus Christie and Andre Schurrle available for Saturday’s game.

Full-back Christie was withdrawn in the second half of last weekend’s 2-0 defeat at Crystal Palace, while former Chelsea forward Schurrle missed out altogether through injury.

Of course, defender Tim Fosu-Mensah is ineligible to play against his parent club, as he is on loan from the Reds. Goalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli and centre-back Alfie Mawson are long-term absentees.

Ranieri also told the media on Thursday that January signings Lazar Markovic and Havard Nordtveit won’t be fit enough to start but could be involved after training this week.

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