But Erik ten Hag’s side are yet to see the return of a fully fit squad, with four members forced out of Tuesday’s 3-0 win over Forest, while Lisandro Martinez remains on extended leave after winning the World Cup with Argentina. However, the Red Devils will be hoping that a number of stars make a full recovery ahead of Saturday’s trip to face Wolves.
Victor Lindelof was expected to be United’s only fit centre back for the visit of Nottingham Forest on Tuesday but was ruled out himself through illness to hand Ten Hag a nightmare scenario.
Luckily for the Dutchman, Raphael Varane returned early from World Cup leave to start, while Harry Maguire featured from the bench, but it is not yet known how serious Lindelof’s condition is.
However, with games coming thick and fast, the Swedish international’s return against Wolves will be crucial and it is hoped he will make a full recovery in time for this weekend.
Midfielder Scott McTominay was also ruled out at the last minute as a result of illness and, like Lindelof, it is hoped that he will recover in time to feature against Wolves on New Year’s Eve.
The Scotsman is unlikely to start, however, with Casemiro and Christian Eriksen occupying the holding midfield roles, but having him in the matchday squad will still be crucial. Nonetheless, he remains a doubt ahead of this weekend.
Speaking on Tuesday, Ten Hag said: “We had illnesses during the week. Harry Maguire, Victor Lindelof and Scott McTominay. Yesterday, we took the decision but then we waited in case they recovered overnight. Harry is definitely better than he was yesterday but the other two are not available.”
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