Ralf Rangnick has revealed that Raphael Varane and Edinson Cavani have both returned to Manchester United training as they near a comeback.
Both players have missed the teams last six games in all competitions, with Varane dealing with a hamstring injury and Cavani complaining of tendon discomfort.
Fortunately, the pair are both closing in on a comeback as Rangnick revealed that they are training again, although neither will be ready in time to feature in Wednesday’s visit from Young Boys, in which United need just a point to confirm top spot in their Champions League group.
“They both cannot play tomorrow but they were part of the training session today. Edi even yesterday, Rapha it was the first time he was on the pitch with the team,” said Rangnick.
“If everything goes well I expect them both back in full training next week so from Monday they will be participating in all training sessions.
“They’re both top players. Of course we would be happy to have them on board as soon as possible but, especially with Rapha and his injury record in the past, we need to make sure that we will have him until the end of the season, so it is also about sustainability and not only getting him fit as soon as possible.
“It would be great to have both players available as soon as possible, but obviously for the rest of the season.”
Rangnick also discussed the fitness of Anthony Martial, who was expected to feature against Crystal Palace at the weekend before complaining of knee pain after the final training session.
“We had a meeting with the medical department and we agreed he should try to recover,” he continued. “We need to make sure he reduces pain in next few days and hopefully have him back training next week.”
There was no formal update on left-back Luke Shaw, who has missed four games with a series of head injuries, but the left-back was spotted in training on Tuesday alongside Jesse Lingard, who was absent from the Palace game with an ankle problem.
On Lingard, Rangnick added: “Everybody has the chance to perform and present themselves. I am happy to give game time to quite a few of them tomorrow.
“It’s the perfect opportunity to get to know the players.”