Manchester United’s Harry Maguire is yet to return to full training as he recovers from injury and is expected to miss Saturday’s game against Leicester.
The center-back has missed United’s last two games with a calf injury and was unavailable for England’s World Cup qualifiers against Andorra and Hungary.
And although Maguire expects to be back in training soon, his continued absence is a headache for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who is also deprived of his other top center-back Raphael Varane for the next few weeks. .
Varane suffered from a groin problem in international service with France and will miss upcoming games against Leicester, Atalanta and Liverpool.
There is no time limit for Maguire’s return, but United are hoping to reunite with their captain soon as these matches take place in the space of eight days.
The 28-year-old said on the club’s website: “It’s getting there. I still haven’t trained with the team, but I’m improving, I’m progressing as I should.
“It’s obviously a frustrating injury for me, but I’m improving and will be back on the pitch soon.”
Who replaces Maguire and Varane?
Solskjaer is already facing it after overseeing three defeats in United’s previous six games, the side having recently drawn 1-1 with Everton at Old Trafford before the international break.
He is now entering United’s toughest part of the season without his two top-choice center-backs.
Victor Lindelof has been Solskjaer’s preferred replacement at the heart of the defense, making seven appearances so far this campaign, and his manager is expected to rely heavily on him over the coming weeks.
Eric Bailly has only been used once this season, playing since the start of United’s 1-0 home loss to West Ham in the Carabao Cup third round last month, but it’s the obvious choice to join forces with Lindelof in the absence of Maguire and Varane.
Solskjaer has been keen to keep his players spinning this season, so he may end up relying on returning defender Phil Jones in the coming weeks as he faces a busy schedule of domestic and European commitments.
Jones trained throughout the international break, speeding up his recovery from a long-lasting injury.
Alternatively, Solskjaer could give teenager Teden Mengi, who impressed last season on Derby loan with Wayne Rooney minutes, if Jones is yet to be able to make a full comeback after nearly two years on the sidelines. .