Manchester United are sweating over the fitness of central defender pair Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof ahead of West Brom’s visit to Old Trafford on Saturday, sources told ESPN.
Maguire was able to complete 90 minutes for England against Iceland on Wednesday, but later reported a bruise on his foot and will be evaluated when he returns to Carrington on Thursday.
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Meanwhile, the club’s medical staff are increasingly concerned about Lindelof’s back injury.
The 26-year-old has been toying with the problem for much of the season and the problem flared up again during the 3-1 win at Everton before the international break.
Lindelof managed 90 minutes for Sweden in their 2-1 win over Croatia on Saturday, but was forced to withdraw during the second half of a 4-2 loss to France on Tuesday.
Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is already having to carefully manage Lindelof’s workload to navigate a tight schedule that will only get more hectic during December and January.
Lindelof was left on the bench for the 2-1 loss to Istanbul Basaksehir despite an injury that forced Axel Tuanzebe into halftime. Midfielder Scott McTominay replaced the center-back.
United have Tuanzebe available to replace him and Eric Bailly is about to return after missing more than a month with a muscle problem. The Ivory Coast international has not appeared since a 6-1 loss to Tottenham on 4 October.
United are hopeful to have left-back Alex Telles available to face West Brom after returning a negative test for coronavirus while on international service with Brazil.
The 27-year-old, who has already passed a period of isolation after contracting COVID-19, will have to return a second refusal before being allowed to play, but United are confident that he will be able to replace Luke Shaw, who is offside. . with an injury to the hamstring.
Shaw could be out for another month but aims to return to action in time for Manchester’s first derby of the season against City at Old Trafford on December 12.
If Telles comes out against West Brom, it would be his Premier League debut after his summer move from Porto.