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Official: Lingard back, but Pogba and De Gea out

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer announces that Paul Pogba and David de Gea are out of the game against Partizan Belgrade, but Jessie Lingard is fit again.

Solskjaer has been hit by a barrage of injury worries of late. Not least to the influential Paul Pogba and goalkeeping linchpin David De Gea.

While De Gea made the team to face Liverpool, he has now been rested for the Europa League match in Belgrade.

Pogba has still not recovered from his ankle problem, as he now enters his fourth week of rehabilitation.

There was good news about Jessie Lingard though.

The England international has struggled for form of late and has been out of action for the past couple of weeks.

Solskjaer is hoping the break will have revitalised him.

Speaking to the clubs inhouse tv channel MUTV and reported by the club’s official website manutd.com, the Norweigan clarified the club’s current injury status.

On Lingard’s return, he said:

“It’s fantastic to have him back fit. He’s been so lively and bubbly in training.”

”I don’t know how much game time we’ll give him but he looks like he needs to catch up on lost time.”

“It’s been fantastic to see him with a big smile.”

“I know Jesse from before. Of course, now we expect him – and I think he expects – to kick on.”

The focus for De Gea is to have him fit for this weekends Premier League game.

He added:

“David will be ready for Sunday away to Norwich City.”

“We didn’t take the risk of traveling with him.”

As for Pogba, there is little information, which will be a concern to United fans.

He continued:

“There’s no news on how long he is out.”

Luke Shaw and Nemanja Matic have been struggling for fitness of late, and are both missing from the squad as they are in Dubai doing warm-weather fitness.

On the pair’s situation the manager concluded:

“They have taken staff to go really hard on them.”

“So I expect them back in Manchester by the weekend and we will see when they are available.”

A victory for United in Belgrade, would put them top of Group L, and still undefeated in Europe.

They should be in a boyant mood after being the first team to take points off of Liverpool in the league this season.

That result could be the springboard to launch this season.

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