Manchester: Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said defender Harry Maguire could return for Saturday’s Premier League clash against Norwich City at Old Trafford.
Maguire, who was signed by United for 80 million pounds in the close season, picked up a hip problem in last Saturday’s goalless draw against Wolves in the FA Cup third round.
British media had reported the 26-year-old centre back could be on the sidelines for several weeks but Solskjaer said the England international has responded well to treatment.
“He’s got a chance for tomorrow,” Solskjaer said on Friday. “It was a minor thing I don’t know where the reports are coming from, you might have got confused with Harry Kane.
“He’s going to go through training today and see how he is for tomorrow.
“It’s not a surprise. He is a warrior and he wants to play and if there’s a minor problem he will put himself up to play.”
Solskjaer has played down speculation linking club captain Ashley Young with a move to Serie A leaders Inter Milan this month and hinted the full back will be staying at Old Trafford.
“Ashley Young is our player and our captain,” the United manager added. “We have to handle the speculation and if it is needed, me and Ash will have a discussion.
“We don’t have too many players fit and ready and we need the ones we have. Ash has been very good for this club. Let’s see where we are in February.”
Solskjaer confirmed midfielder Jesse Lingard has been ruled out of Norwich’s visit after playing with an illness against Manchester City in the League Cup on Tuesday.
United are heading into the weekend five points behind fourth-placed Chelsea, while Norwich are at the bottom of the league table.
Crystal Palace v Arsenal, 4.30pm
Chelsea v Burnley, 7pm
Everton v Brighton & Hove Albion, 7pm
Leicester City v Southampton, 7pm
Manchester United v Norwich City, 7pm
Wolves v Newcastle United, 7pm
Tottenham Hotspur v Liverpool, 9.30pm
Bournemouth v Watford, 6pm
Aston Villa v Manchester City, 8.30pm