It was expected that Paul Pogba is close to returning to play for Manchester United and could even make the game on Saturday afternoon at Old Trafford against Newcastle United.
But there’s news in the Telegraph that medics are unlikely to take any chances against Newcastle, and he is unlikely to play in the game.
Pogba has been out for over two months with a hamstring injury.
That’s good news for Newcastle
Michael Carrick (calf strain) and Marcos Rojo (ACL knee injury) are also recovering from injury but will not be fit for the game against Newcastle.
Defender Phil Jones picked up a thigh injury in England’s 0-0 draw against Germany on Friday.
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Phil immediately returned to Carrington for further treatment, and he is also a doubt for the game against the Magpies.
And Zlatan Ibrahimovic is still not fit – thank goodness.
But Zlatan will be delighted this morning after Sweden’s excellent defensive display last night at the San Siro in a 0-0 draw against Italy which was enough to see them qualify for the World Cup in Russia next summer.
Sweden won the first leg 1-0 but of course, Zlatan has retired from International football.
Newcastle will have Paul Dummett, Mikel Merino, Christian Atsu, and perhaps captain Jamaal Lascelles out for the game at Old Trafford.
So we hope Ciaran Clark comes through Ireland’s second leg World Cup playoff game uninjured against Denmark in Dublin tonight.
The Republic of Ireland appear to be in an excellent position to qualify having drawn that game 0-0 in Denmark.
It’s going to be a tough game at Old Trafford on Saturday, and a great result for Newcastle would be if we can come away with a draw.
A win would be completely unbelievable.