Rangnick offers fitness update ahead of Norwich clash

Manchester United interim manager Ralf Rangnick has offered an injury update ahead of the clash with Norwich at Carrow Road.

Speaking to the club’s official website, he has confirmed that Raphael Varane will not be able to play against Dean Smith’s Canaries.

Anthony Martial – whose agent has said today that he wants to leave the club in January – is also ruled out.

Edinson Cavani could be in contention, having trained this week and is ahead of Varane with his recovery.

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“Tomorrow’s game, the only possible candidate might be Edi. We have to wait and see. He was training with the team yesterday and a couple of days before that so we have to wait and see how he feels today,” said Rangnick.

“For Rapha, the game comes too early. He was out a couple of weeks and we need to make sure he stays fully fit for the next couple of months, until the end of the season.

“So we don’t want to rush him too much. I am very positive, in the next couple of weeks, he will be available.

“With Anthony, we’ll wait and see. It’s a question of pain and how tolerable the pain will be on his knee but, for tomorrow, he won’t be one of the players who is available.”

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Last week, Rangnick appeared to put Varane and Cavani on the same timeframe in terms of training, so it seems the Uruguayan has progressed better than expected.

Martial had already been ruled out ahead of time and it is clear that situation has not changed. Given his agent’s comments, Rangnick is perhaps unlikely to want to rush him back in anyway.

The careful management of Varane is in contrast with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s approach and will hopefully mean the Frenchman is available throughout the season.

Paul Pogba remains out, and Rangnick also said at his press conference that Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Nemanja Matic are doubtful for the game too.

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