Edinson Cavani’s Latest Injury Puts The Manchester United Star In Jeopardy For The Match Against Leicester

The Red Devils are back in Premier League action this weekend and have a fully fit squad available ahead of Saturday’s tie with Leicester, although Edinson Cavani looks set to be ruled out once again

Manchester United prepare to host Leicester City at Old Trafford on Saturday as they aim to stay in touch with the top four by recording a second consecutive Premier League victory, where a win would see them cut the points gap down to fourth-placed Arsenal to just one.

Ralf Rangnick is fortunate in that he is close to having a full strength side available at his disposal ahead of the tie with the Foxes this weekend, although veteran striker Edinson Cavani is now a major doubt following another injury in midweek.

Here is all you need to know about the current state of play at Old Trafford as well as the potential return date for the Uruguayan forward.

The recent international break has allowed the Red Devils who are not on international duty to rest and recuperate ahead of an upcoming busy fixture schedule for the remainder of the season, while those who have been away with their countries have kept up their match fitness.

But Rangnick received a further setback with Cavani when he was withdrawn from Uruguay’s South American World Cup qualifier against Chile on Wednesday, in which they won 2-0 having already secured their place at Qatar 2022, after picking up another injury.

The 35-year-old lasted just 29 minutes of the contest in Santiago before he was replaced by Luis Suarez, with it believed that he was struggling with a calf problem, having only just recently returned from a thigh issue.

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Cavani was making his first start in any competition for both club and country since lining up for Man Utd in their 1-1 draw at Burnley on February 8, while he recently made substitute appearances on his comeback from injury in the games against Tottenham Hotspur and Atletico Madrid on March 12 and 15, respectively.

The former Paris-Saint Germain hitman has featured just 12 times in the league for United this season, in what has been an injury-ravaged campaign for him, and his fresh injury picked up in midweek looks to present further time on the sidelines.

Cavani is now a major doubt to feature in Rangick’s squad for the visit of Brendan Rodgers’ side on Saturday evening, meaning the striking options are limited once again for the hosts as they go in search of a much-needed victory.

The veteran forward has only contributed with two goals this season though, so his goalscoring record isn’t exactly one that United can’t fill, but his experience and extra option up front will still be a big miss.

Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat-trick ahead of the international break in the 3-2 defeat of Spurs, but Marcus Rashford has failed to hit form this season, while Anthony Elanga and Jadon Sancho have just five goals between them.

Ralf Rangnick is expected to provide an update, however, in Friday’s pre-match press conference ahead of the game with Leicester on Saturday, where more details on the extent of Cavani’s injury will be revealed.

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