Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Ole assessing three players for Barça clash

Tuesday 09 April 2019 14:46

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revealed that Manchester United are monitoring the fitness of Nemanja Matic, Ander Herrera and Marcus Rashford ahead of the crucial first leg of our Champions League quarter-final against Barcelona.

Herrera missed United’s last game, away to Wolverhampton Wanderers, while Matic was an unused subtitute, and the pair were both absent from the open session at the Aon Training Complex on Tuesday morning.
Solskjaer suggested that Matic could still be involved on Wednesday evening, but was less optimistic about Herrera’s chances of facing the Spanish champions.
“We still hope maybe that Nemanja can be ready, but Ander is probably out,” said the boss. “Antonio [Valencia] and Eric [Bailly] are definitely out.”
Solskjaer is confident Nemanja Matic can be ready for Wednesday's Barcelona match.
The Norwegian also provided an update on Marcus Rashford, who was absent at Wolves after injuring his ankle but has since returned to training.
“He needed an extra warm-up and hopefully he won’t get a reaction,” explained Solskjaer. “He joined parts of it at the end, but he couldn't join in the boxes, which is the fun part of training. Let's see tomorrow. Hopefully he'll be ready.”
Meanwhile, Luke Shaw and Ashley Young will be available for the match, despite domestic suspensions ruling them out of United’s next Premier League contest against West Ham on Saturday. In other positive news, Alexis Sanchez took part in training on Tuesday, after missing the last five matches.

"Today was his first training session today with the team," confirmed the manager. "He has done lots of work and is now injury free. Now he’ll step up and train with the team. He will probably be in the squad for the West Ham game on Saturday and let’s see how much, and if he plays. But he’s not going to be able to join in tomorrow."
Five Reds are at risk of suspension from the second leg at the Nou Camp should they pick up a yellow card in Wednesday’s crunch match: Herrera, Matic, Shaw, Valencia and Ashley Young.
The Catalans announced their travelling squad on Monday, and confirmed that injury doubt Ousmane Dembele would make the trip to Manchester.
The French forward has not competed for Barcelona since the second of their last-16 tie with Lyon, when he added the final goal in a 5-1 victory for the Blaugrana.
Rashford secured United's place in the last eight with a penalty against PSG, but is a doubt for the first leg against Barcelona.
Ernesto Valverde’s side were close to full strength during their 2-0 win over Atletico Madrid on Saturday evening, which extended their advantage at the top of La Liga to a mighty 11 points, putting them within touching distance of a remarkable eighth title in 11 years.
Full-back Nelson Semedo is the only Barcelona player at risk of missing the second leg in Catalonia, should he receive a caution.
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