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Raphael Varane, Harry Maguire, Marcus Rashford

Manchester United will be targeting a return to winning ways when they travel to the King Power Stadium to face Leicester City on Saturday afternoon.

United, who failed to win any of their three clashes with the Foxes last season, will be looking to get back on track after back-to-back home games prior to the international break without a win.

After being beaten 1-0 late on by Aston Villa just over a fortnight ago, United let their one-goal lead slip against Everton last time out, being forced to settle for a 1-1 draw, after Andros Townsend cancelled out Anthony Martial’s first goal of the season.

With that said, the international break may have come at the perfect time for United to recharge the batteries, take stock of how the season is progressing so far and enjoy some time on the training ground without a game to get in the way.

As well as that, the break could allow some United players to take another step closer towards a return from injury. On the flip side, however, the injury break may have handed the Reds a further, unwanted blow.

With that in mind, MEN Sport has taken a close look at all the very latest injury news concerning United and when those currently sidelined could make a return.

Raphael Varane

Summer signing Varane was forced off through injury during the first half of France’s 2-1 UEFA Nations League final win over Spain in Milan on Sunday evening.

The former Real Madrid man, who joined United in August, was forced off just before half time after sitting down on the turf and requiring treatment on the pitch. It was unclear what exactly the issue was, but the defender was holding his leg. Luckily, he did walk off the pitch himself and did not appear to be limping.

However, his early exit will have come as a major concern to United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who will have no doubt been watching with his head in his hands.

At the time of writing, the severity of Varane’s injury, or whether or whether his withdrawal was just a precaution, has not been confirmed.

Expected return date: Unknown.

Harry Maguire

To potentially make matters even worse for Solskjaer, United already entered this international break a man light at centre-back.

Club captain Maguire was forced off in the defeat to Villa with a calf problem and was forced to miss the tussles with both Villarreal and Everton. That, too, was enough to rule Maguire out of the England squad.

With it being the international break, Solskjaer has not spoken to the media for more than a week, meaning he has not been able to provide a recent update on the United skipper.



Manchester United defender Harry Maguire was forced off injured against Aston Villa.

Manchester United defender Harry Maguire was forced off injured against Aston Villa.

Speaking after the Everton game, however, Solskjaer was unable to put a specific timeframe on just how long the former Leicester man would be out.

“Let’s see, it’s still two weeks until the next game, so we’re hoping [he will be back] but we don’t know,” Solskjaer admitted.

Expected return date: Unknown.

Amad

After suffering a thigh injury in the latter stages of the summer transfer window, Amad’s proposed move to Dutch outfit Feyenoord collapsed.

The youngster was poised to join the Eredivisie club on loan in the hope of gaining more regular first-team football, only for it to not come to fruition.

However, after a few weeks on the sidelines, the Ivory Coast international is edging closer towards a return, with Solskjaer recently admitting that he could be available for selection following this current international break.

Expected return date: Imminent.

Marcus Rashford

Just like Amad, Rashford is also on the brink of a return and could feature against Leicester on Saturday afternoon.

The United academy graduate, who scored 21 goals in all competitions for the Reds last season, has been sidelined since the final of Euro 2020 in July after undergoing shoulder surgery. He has since spent the last couple of months at United’s Carrington training base working on his fitness and fighting to make a return as soon as possible.

Rashford took his biggest stride towards a return on Wednesday, starting and scoring in a behind-closed-doors friendly against Blackburn Rovers. He successfully came through that match to further bolster his chances of returning against Leicester.

Furthermore, the England international has all but confirmed the time has come for him to make his way back into Solskjaer’s thoughts.

On his recovery and ambition to make a return, Rashford said : “It’s good now, I’m pretty much at the end now.

“I feel ready to be back on the pitch. So yes, I‘m just looking forward to the next slot of games – it’s a busy schedule.”

Expected return date: Imminent.

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