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What's the latest on Anthony Martial?

Wednesday 05 May 2021 16:00

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has ruled one attacking player out and provided a progress report on another ahead of Manchester United's Europa League semi-final second leg against Roma.

Speaking to club media before flying from Manchester with his squad, Solskjaer revealed that Daniel James will be absent for the game at the Stadio Olimpico.

The Wales winger will therefore be denied the chance to score another goal on Italian soil - he netted when the Reds embarked on the Europa League campaign in February by beating Spanish side Real Sociedad 4-0, at the neutral venue of the Allianz Stadium in Turin.

"We didn't get any injuries at the weekend," said Solskjaer, referencing the postponement of the Premier League game against Liverpool.

"We trained well after that. But Dan James is not available. He's still out for a little while."
Dan James has been ruled out for the away leg against Roma.
Meanwhile, there was positive news from the manager on the condition of Anthony Martial, who was pictured by our photographers at the Aon Training Complex.

It was feared the France forward would be out for the rest of the season when he strained a knee while on international duty in late March, but Ole confirmed the 25-year-old is working hard on his rehabilitation with a view to being available before the end of this month.

"Anthony's looking good. He has just about started outside jogging, which is the first step on the rehab of course," reported the boss.
"He's done most of the work in the gym and to see him out there getting some fresh air is good and hopefully we will see him before the season is out. He's supporting the team, he wants to be a part of the final and he's working hard to be available before that."

As for the rest of the squad, Ole admitted it wasn't ideal to have prepared for a game that eventually wasn't played on Sunday but insisted the players are now fully focused on finishing the job against Roma.

"We spent days to prepare for the Liverpool game, we were ready for it and we'll have to do that again at some point. But, unfortunately, the game didn't go ahead. The players really wanted to play and we felt ready for it.

"Now all our focus is on this game and we've given ourselves a very good foundation with a good result from the first leg. But we go to this one wanting to win this one."
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Ole named a 24-man travelling squad for the Italian capital, minus James and Martial, of course. Anthony Elanga is included again after being added to the B list, following his impressive two-goal showing in the Under-23s' 6-2 win at Derby County on Monday.

Fellow youngster Amad also makes the trip and Nathan Bishop is one of four keepers on the flight.

There are no suspension issues for the boss to contend with, as was the case for the second leg against Granada in the previous round.

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Former Chelsea winger Pedro has been training and could be involved after missing the first leg. However, keeper Pau Lopez, Leonardo Spinazzola and Jordan Veretout all look to be out due to injury.

Gianluca Mancini is back from a ban and, while Amadou Diawara is a doubt, Italy international Lorenzo Pellegrini should be available after his partner gave birth recently.

Ex-Reds Chris Smalling and Henrikh Mkhitaryan will hope to feature again.