Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has disclosed that they could be without Harry Maguire for a few days or a few weeks as they wait to assess the damage to his ankle.
He admitted that he will be forced to make major changes for the match against Leicester City on Tuesday.
Maguire was subbed off in the latter stages of the Red Devils’ 3:1 Premier League win against Aston Villa at Villa Park on Sunday after colliding with Anwar El Ghazi. The win for the Red Devils keeps the title race alive for at least another 48 hours.
Solskjaer was concerned with his captain’s withdrawal from the game and ruled him out of Tuesday’s game with Leicester although he pointed out that any further prognosis on the injury would be too soon.
“The boy [El Ghazi]landed on top of him and he twisted his ankle,” Solskjær said.
“Harry has been excellent and it’s almost unheard of, the minutes he’s played without missing him.
We’ve a [Europa League]final to look forward to and hopefully, it will be with Harry; it might be a few weeks, it might be a couple of days, we don’t know. Hopefully, it won’t be too bad, but I’m not a doctor, and we’ve got to scan him on Monday.
“He may be available on Thursday [against Liverpool], but I don’t know, it might be longer. I’ll tell you more on Thursday.”
The Red Devils will host Leicester City and Liverpool this week before Manchester City play again on Friday night. Regardless, the Norwegian remained realistic of his side’s chances of putting pressure on Pep Guardiola’s side.
“It is what it is. It’s very unlikely they won’t get the points they need, but we need to do our job,” he said. “Playing Tuesday and Thursday will be difficult, but I don’t put it beyond these boys. They can go again.”
Ahead of the games this week, he may have to make major changes on Tuesday. “They’re capable of doing Sunday and then Thursday, but to put Tuesday in too is demanding too much of them,” the United manager said.
“At this level, playing that many games is impossible. It’s physically impossible, and I’ve got to make sure I don’t run the risk of them getting injured. The boys who played Thursday against Roma and today will not play 90 minutes on Tuesday, that’s for sure.
“We’ll sit down on Tuesday morning and see who’s ready. But we’ve shown they can go again as a group so many times. But we won’t be training, we’ll just see who’s ready to play on Tuesday.”