Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has provided some team news ahead of Manchester United’s Premier League match away at Fulham on Saturday. There is mixed news on the injury front, as right-backs Antonio Valencia and Matteo Darmian have both picked up injuries, while little-seen center back Marcos Rojo has returned to training after an extended layoff. Club captain Valencia and Darmian are both expected to be out for “a few weeks,” which will leave the United squad with limited rotation options in defense during what is expected to be the most challenging period of the season.
Solskjaer did not give a firm timeline on Rojo’s return, but given his long absence, it would be a surprise if the Argentinian was included in the next couple of outings.
“Rojo has been training for a few days, so he’s back in training. But we’ve lost Antonio and Matteo through niggles for a couple of weeks. We’re still not bad. We’ve got 20-21 players training every day, so that’s good.”
With a Champions League round of 16 first leg against Paris Saint-Germain coming up midweek, it was always likely that Solskjaer might rotate his team on Saturday against relegation-battlers Fulham. He indicated that Valencia was going to be involved, likely to give Ashley Young a breather — which means that Diogo Dalot is sure to fill in instead.
“Antonio has been training hard, really hard, and then he got a setback. So, hopefully, in a couple of weeks, he’ll be back with us. He’s been a fantastic servant at the club, he’s captain for a reason and, hopefully, we can get him back on the pitch. It was hard when he broke down, because he would have travelled this weekend.”
In encouraging news, the MEN is reporting that Tahith Chong has traveled with the squad to London, so we may see the exciting young attacker get another cameo appearance from the bench tomorrow.