Edinson Cavani pictured 'charging up' amid fitness battle

Manchester United striker Edinson Cavani has not played a single minute for the club since the draw at Burnley last month.

He has been out with injury ever since, although he returned to training last week, was not in the squad to face Manchester City at the weekend.

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There have been some doubts over Cavani’s desire to play, given that he has been the one ruling himself out of matches.

Interim boss Ralf Rangnick explained this, telling the club website, “Edi trained well in the last three days but, at the end, he didn’t feel quite well enough to be able to play.”

Cavani is working on his fitness, and dropped an update on social media on Monday evening to demonstrate it.

He shared a picture with his son, where both of his legs were in compression chambers, with illustrations showing he is ‘charging up’ for his eventual return, while joking it looked like he was in a racing car.

Trying to get fit… for who?

Cavani has been out with a groin injury, but it has been suggested by supporters that the issue is a lack of desire to really push himself.

We can see he is working on his fitness, and he knows his body better than anybody, but who has his focus right now?

Is Cavani working towards playing for United against Tottenham or Atletico Madrid? Or is he actually, as many fans suspect, focused on Uruguay’s World Cup qualifiers at the end of the month?

Further pressed by United’s website after the game, Ralf Rangnick admitted the situation was not ideal.

Rangnick said: “If players tell the doctor and medical department they cannot play, as a manager, I have to accept it. I cannot force a player to play if he’s not available because he’s got an injury.

“Look, Edi trained the last few days and trained well but he’s still feeling it after those three training sessions. Yesterday afternoon, he was still not fit to play. It’s a fact. I cannot force a player to play as a manager, if he doesn’t feel fit enough and well enough to play.”

We noted earlier today how there have been five Manchester derbies since Cavani joined the club, and he has not played a single minute of any of them.

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