Harry Maguire is working hard to be fit for Manchester United’s clash with Chelsea at the weekend but will be sitting out when his teammates take on Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday night in the Champions League.
It was confirmed on Monday that the Manchester United captain is suffering with a small muscle tear that he picked up in the win over Newcastle in the Premier League on Saturday night.
It is a minor injury but enough to keep him out of the trip to the French capital in United’s opening Champions League game of the season.
The Red Devils host Chelsea on Saturday evening and Maguire is striving to be back for that contest.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is also hopeful that Maguire will be fit again to take on the Blues, but is not certain as yet, which is the same situation he finds himself in with a string of injured stars.
‘We hope the players won’t be away for too long. Edinson [Cavani] needs a few more days training before we can maybe think about the weekend.
‘Hopefully Harry [Maguire], Eric [Bailly]and Mason [Greenwood] as well, but not sure about that.
‘We hope Harry will be fit for the weekend, we’re not sure but we hope so.’
With Maguire and Bailly out, Solskjaer’s centre-back options are Victor Lindelof, Axel Tuanzebe and Timothy Fosu-Mensah against the fearsome PSG attack.
‘I can’t declare medical stuff, can I?’ Solskjaer said. ‘We hope it’s just a niggle and we don’t want to take any chances with him and hopefully at the weekend it’ll be fine again.’
This comes after his previous explanation was equally vague, with Solskjaer offering: ‘Mason wasn’t fit to play, so we had to leave him out. We hope he will recover quickly.’