Manchester United have finally had some good news on the injury front and have a near fully-available squad for their scheduled return to action against Newcastle United.
United haven’t played since December 11 after a Covid-19 breakout in the squad forced the postponement of fixtures against Brentford and Brighton, in a less-than-ideal start to life as United boss for Ralf Rangnick.
The German has now been in charge for more than three weeks and has only managed three games due to the disruption but sounded positive ahead of the return to the pitch in his pre-match press conference.
Speaking about the status of his squad, he revealed that only the injured Paul Pogba remains unavailable with all players who were injured for their last outing and those who contracted the virus having recovered and in contention to play at St. James’ Park.
“As you know, last week the last training session on Thursday, from there to today, we had eight few players and three goalkeepers and then we closed the training ground for four days in order to break the chain,” Rangnick said.
“And today was the third day of training this week, we started on Tuesday, we trained yesterday and today, and today we have 25 field players, so quite apart from Paul Pogba, he’s the only one who’s still missing out, everyone else is on board. The development of the last week is extremely positive.”
That means Rangnick will be able to call upon two players he has not yet been able to play during his reign so far, with Edinson Cavani and Raphael Varane now available.
The duo haven’t featured since the 2-2 draw with Atalanta on November 2. Centre-back Varane suffered a hamstring injury just 38 minutes into the game in only his second game back after recovering from a groin strain.
Cavani came on for the final 20 minutes but had irritated a tendon problem in the previous match which has kept him sidelined in the weeks since. Both have been back in training over the last fortnight, however, and could be involved on Monday.
Pogba remains on the injury list, though, as he continues his recovery from a thigh injury he suffered in France training in the last international break.