Paul Pogba and Diogo Dalot.

Solskjaer provides fitness update on Dalot and Pogba

Tuesday 17 December 2019 10:00

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has given an injury update on Diogo Dalot and Paul Pogba, ahead of Manchester United’s Carabao Cup game with Colchester United on Wednesday.

The Reds will host the League Two outfit at Old Trafford in the quarter-final stage of the competition, determined to reach the semi-finals for a first time since the victorious 2016/17 campaign.

In a pre-match press conference, which was held on Sunday, Solskjaer was asked by reporters whether any of the club's injured players might return. “Maybe Diogo after he’s had a week of training, but probably no one else,” said Ole.

Dalot's season so far has unfortunately been disrupted by injuries that have limited him to just three first-team appearances. His last outing was against Newcastle United at St James' Park on 6 October, over two months' ago. 

While speaking on Sunday, the boss then provided this update on Pogba: “Of all things he’s now struck down with illness and he’s been off for two or three days. That’s not beneficial and that’s probably set him back quite a bit.

“As I’ve said so many times, Paul is a top player that we want to see playing his best football at Man United.

“We just need to get him match fit. He might be half an hour, 45, 60, 90 minutes - who knows - in the first game. We’re working hard to get him back, but now he’s ill.”

With so many games over the busy festive period, Ole hinted he could rest several players on Wednesday ahead of this Sunday's Premier League match against Watford in mind.

“We’ve got a squad and we’ve got to rotate,” the manager said. “We did that on Thursday [against AZ Alkmaar] and we’re going to make changes again because there are so many games.

“I think that the team we’re going to put out is strong enough to win the game. At home, against a League Two team, you’re big favourites and you’ve got to expect that.

“But we’ve got to go out there and earn it. It’s going to be strong enough to create chances and, hopefully, score goals.”

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