Jesse Lingard could miss West Ham reunion following injury setback

Jesse Lingard has emerged as an injury doubt for Manchester United’s Premier League clash against Brentford tomorrow night.

United’s number 14 came off the bench in the closing stages of the back-to-back games against Aston Villa last week.

But interim boss Ralf Rangnick has revealed via the club’s official website that the England international has picked up an ankle injury that might rule him out of the clash against the Bees.

Luke Shaw and Scott McTominay are available for the German once again after they both served their one-match suspensions in the 2-2 draw at Villa Park.

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If Lingard is unavailable for the match against Thomas Frank’s side, he will be hoping to recover in time for Saturday’s visit of West Ham United.

The 29-year-old thrived on loan at the Hammers during the second half of last season, which saw him score nine goals and make five assists from 16 Premier League games.

In September, the attacking midfielder came off the bench to score a screamer in the reserve fixture between the sides, following David de Gea’s last-gasp penalty stop from Mark Noble.

Lingard’s potential absence from the Brentford Community Stadium will extend his wait for a Premier League start this campaign.

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His last domestic start came against David Moyes’ side in the Carabao Cup defeat back in September.

As things stands, this season’s practically been a write off for a player who looked rejuvenated during his time in the capital.

He’s only played 273 minutes of football so far this campaign, 88 of which have come in the top-flight, but that’s still 20 minutes more than Donny van de Beek has been given.

Although the Dutchman has played 380 minutes across all competitions.

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If Lingard is ruled out of the next two Premier League games, he will have to wait for the FA Cup fourth round tie against Middlesbrough to get his next minutes – providing he ends the transfer window as a United player.

But against West Ham in-particular, having a motivated Jesse Lingard, who is eager to impress his former club, available to call upon from the bench could prove advantageous for Rangnick, in the same way it did for his predecessor Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

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