Paul Pogba close to Manchester United return; Anthony Martial doubt Spur

Manchester United face LASK in Austria behind closed doors in the Europa League on Thursday due to coronavirus concerns

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba is almost ready to return to training

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba is close to returning from injury, but Anthony Martial is out of Thursday’s Europa League match against LASK and a doubt for Sunday’s game at Tottenham.

United turn their focus back to the Europa League on Thursday evening with a trip to the Austrian Bundesliga leaders for the first leg of their last-16 tie.

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Solskjaer’s side will be missing long-term absentee Pogba, who is still nursing an ongoing ankle problem, but the United boss says the France international is almost ready to return to training.


“Paul is getting closer but today he wasn’t with the team. He’s not trained fully with the team yet but by next week he’ll be ready,” Solskjaer said.

“Anthony hurt himself when he slid into the post [against Manchester City] so he’s not ready for this game, hopefully he can be ready for Sunday [against Tottenham] but I’m not sure. He’s struggling a little bit.”

Martial did not train for United on Thursday morning

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