Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed Manchester United will be without ever-present midfielder Scott McTominay for at least two weeks, whilst also defending Paul Pogba.
McTominay, 22, who has played in every Premier League game this season so far, was omitted from Scotland duty last week after being injured in United’s 3-1 win at Brighton.
McTominay was taken off on a stretcher towards the end of the game at Brighton after turning his ankle and the United boss says he could be out until mid-December.
“Scott will be out for a little while still. Scotty he hurt his ankle and so he will be out for a couple of weeks,” said Solskjaer.
“He has not been training with us, he is still recovering and hopefully we can see him, maybe, around the time of Tottenham or City. He heals quickly, Scotty, but he is not going to be ready for Sheffield United or Astana, definitely.”
Asked about Paul Pogba’s situation, Solskjaer said: “Pogba is improving. Obviously he has been out and when you are in a cast for that long you do your muscle, so gradually you have to step it up. He has not started on his football work yet so it will still be a little while before we see him.”
Pogba has featured in just two of United’s last 14 games due to an ankle injury he sustained in the draw with Southampton at the end of August.
“He had another test and scan just at the start of the international break and it’s not healed yet up stepping up the recovery so he doesn’t have to have the cast on, he’s out for six or seven weeks you do lose loads of muscle so he’s gradually now stepping up walking on the treadmill, biking it’ll still be a few weeks. We hope to see him in 2019, yes,” added Solskjaer.
Asked about a video of Pogba playing basketball this week, Solskjaer said: “Did I say last press conference, we don’t play basketball. I don’t see many basketball players tackling ankles twisting and turning with studs, he’s not ready to train, no.”
The United chief also revealed, ahead of Sunday’s trip to Sheffield United, that Marcos Rojo is now injured.
Solskjaer added: “We’ve lost Rojo, he’s injured, but we’ve got Axel, Luke and Nemanja back in training so we’re looking better, we’re getting numbers back. Maybe not match fit, Axel and Luke, Nemanja have been out for a long time. But numbers in training we’re stronger.”