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Solskjaer confirms double injury boost ahead of Premier League restart


Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed that Marcus Rashford and Paul Pogba are back in group training after recovering from their respective injury concerns. Rashford suffered a stress fracture in his back in mid-January and that saw him miss 13 games on the bounce before the season was halted by the coronavirus outbreak.

On the other hand, Pogba has not made a single appearance for the club since the turn of the year after deciding to undergo a surgery for a nagging ankle injury. Speaking to the club’s official website, Solskjaer confirmed that the duo are back with the group and the club could have an almost fit squad to choose from when the season recommences next month.

He told: “They’re looking good, they’ve joined training now and they’ve done everything the other boys have been doing. No reaction so far, touch wood. When we get started, it looks like we can have a full squad to choose from.We’re back in training which has been great. The boys have been fantastic, the weather’s been good and they’ve enjoyed it.”

Before the shutdown, the Red Devils won 11 games on the bounce in all competitions and the likes of Bruno Fernandes and Anthony Martial were influential upfront. On the other hand, the defence also saw a huge improvement with just two goals conceded during the run and it remains to be seen whether they can continue the form when the season resumes.

United are guaranteed Champions League football with the fifth position at present, given Manchester City are banned from European club competitions for the next two seasons. The Citizens have appealed against the embargo at the Court of Arbitration for Sport and the verdict over the same is expected next month. Meanwhile, United could also qualify for the elite competition, should they go on to win the Europa League this term.

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