Edinson Cavani of Manchester United could have returned to the squad on the day of their match to face Leeds United this weekend at the end of full training.
United host Leeds at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon for the first league meeting of the Trans-Pennine rivals after returning to the Yorkshire club’s top flight.
Cavani has missed recent joint games against Arab Leipzig, Man City and Sheffield United on a wrinkle issue and Ole Gunnar Solskazar says the striker has focused on his fitness. An FA in Uruguay was recently charged with defaming the game for allegedly racist or offensive social media posts.
He could be sidelined with a ban, but his training outside United’s Carrington base on Saturday was preceded by a game at Leeds. United had a small squad of players, including Donnie van de Beck, Bruno Fernandez, Alex Tales and Fred Solskier. United’s boss could turn in his favor after a 3-2 win at Brackmall Lane on Thursday night.
Speaking at his press conference about Cavani, Solscazar said: “He has apologized, he hopes his mistake will not be costly and he is still working on his fitness.
“He didn’t feel very careful and correct in his rehabilitation work. He couldn’t play this game so let’s see how he felt in the last training session. It was a muscle injury that made him feel his wrists.”
United teammate Mason Greenwood recently spoke about Cavani and how the 33-year-old is helping young players behind the scenes.
Manchester United are back on the road to a win against short Sheffield United and are now aiming for the same result against cross-Pennine rivals Leeds United.
With the bitter rivalry with Leeds back at Old Trafford on Sunday, Marcelo Bielsa’s intense style gave Ole Gunnar Salsczar a big challenge to his team’s hopes of creating a real challenge for the Premier League title.
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“Anyone can learn from him, be it a young player or a senior player,” Greenwood told Cavani’s official United website. “He has really set an example by coming here. I like her works so I obviously highlight her little things.
“I see him in training and always keep an eye on him to see what movement he makes, so I can add it to my game. So I think he’s here at the club is a big advantage for me.
“You can see that the two goals he scored against Southampton were incredible. What he has been doing for 10 to 15 years at PSG and Napoli was very good, so he is a good footballer.