Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag is optimistic about Marcus Rashford’s chances of featuring in Wednesday’s UEFA Champions League trip to FC Copenhagen.
Rashford had played in every one of Manchester United’s Premier League fixtures this season until Saturday when, despite travelling to Craven Cottage with the rest of the squad, he was absent in the 1-0 victory over Fulham.
The England international took a heavy knock to his leg in the last training session before the lunchtime kick-off. However, after a late fitness test, he was found too risky to play.
There is hope though that Rashford can return at the Parken Stadium, where United could potentially move up to second spot in Group A by completing the double over Jacob Neestrup’s men.
Ten Hag said about Manchester United lineup vs FC Copenhagen:
“Unfortunately, today it was too short to play,” Ten Hag said on Saturday, after the final whistle.
“He was not 100 per cent fit, he had some complaints. Moreover, there was a risk of worsening the injury. But I think he will recover in the coming days. So I am hopeful that he can be on board for the game against Copenhagen.”
Victor Lindelof also missed the capital clash, through illness, and we await a further update on our Swedish centre-back, but Raphael Varane returned following a similar issue, helping United see out the game in injury-time.
Casemiro’s name added the injury list on Friday. It emerged the Brazilian will need several weeks to recover from a hamstring problem.
Tyrell Malacia, Lisandro Martinez and Luke Shaw were also sidelined. Whereas, Amad made significant steps in his recovery from a knee injury, working individually on the grass at Carrington.
“We hope that we can play for a couple of games with the same line-up”. This was Erik’s view at Craven Cottage on the impact of this season’s injuries.
“That would help the routines and that would help the performance of the team. That would definitely help you into better performances and to get better results.”
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