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Ole's team news update ahead of Watford

Friday 29 March 2019 15:37

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has provided an exclusive team news bulletin to our Official App ahead of Saturday's return to Premier League action against Watford.

A number of Reds stars were forced to withdraw from their international squads due to various injury niggles, but only three players have definitely been ruled out of the boss's plans for the 15:00 GMT kick-off.

Alexis Sanchez is back at the club as he steps up his recovery from a knee problem, while defenders Matteo Darmian and Antonio Valencia are also still out.

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"We’ve had a very good training week,” Ole told the Official App. “Some have been away and have come back okay.

"Alexis has just come back and there is only him who is out, along with Matteo and Antonio. Those three are out.

"We’ll have to check on one or two of the others."


In terms of options up front, Romelu Lukaku missed the Emirates FA Cup tie with Wolves and Belgium's subsequent Euro 2020 qualifiers with a foot problem, while fellow forwards Anthony Martial (France) and Marcus Rashford (England) also missed out for their respective countries.

Eric Bailly sustained a head injury with Ivory Coast in a win over Rwanda and sat out the latter fixture against Liberia as a precaution.

Jesse Lingard has been stepping up his fitness during the break after featuring at Molineux and should hopefully be available.

Alexis Sanchez is on the mend after hurting his knee in the win over Southampton.


Watford welcome Greek full-back Jose Holebas back into the fold after injury, but Tom Cleverley will not be able to enjoy an Old Trafford reunion after the former United man suffered a calf problem.

Hornets boss Javi Gracia has all of the other members of his 26-man squad available as the FA Cup semi-finalists look forward to a big week for the club.

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