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Champions League: Bailly, Herrera, Matic Doubtful For Man United Vs Barca; Rashford Returns

Champions League: Bailly, Herrera, Matic Doubtful For Man United Vs Barca; Rashford Returns

Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford returned to training ahead of a Champions League tie against Barcelona on Wednesday, but Eric Bailly, Ander Herrera and Nemanja Matic have all been absent.

The Red Devils host the Spanish champions at Old Trafford tomorrow night, in the first leg of their Champions League last eight clash in Europe.

Rashford was forced to miss United’s last outing against Wolves in the Premier League with an ankle injury and it is understood he has trained alone during a morning session at the Aon Complex.

The 21-year-old joined the senior squad towards the end of the session though, and he is expected to play a part in the match against Barca.

Meanwhile, Bailly, Herrera and Matic were all absent as Solskjaer oversaw final preparations with his squad on Tuesday.

United have suffered an injury crisis over the last couple of months, which has coincided with a downturn in results on the pitch ahead of the Champions League tie.

Solskjaer’s men have lost three of their last four matches across all competitions and now face a real battle to qualify for next season’s Champions League.

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Bailly suffered a head injury while on international duty with Ivory Coast last month, while Herrera was ruled as unfit before the defeat to Wolves in the Premier League last week.

Matic was named on the bench at Molineux, but he has only just returned to the fold after missing Serbia’s two fixtures during the international break.

The Red Devils are underdogs against Barcelona given their recent form, but a thrilling comeback victory in the Champions League Round of 16 over Paris Saint Germain will give supporters cause for optimism.

Before the second leg takes place at the Camp Nou next week, United must negotiate a home game against West Ham in the league.

Solskjaer will be desperate for a win in this Champions League fixture in order to halt his side’s current slide, with three points currently separating them and fourth-placed Tottenham in the table with eight matches of the campaign remaining.

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