Edinson Cavani is highly doubtful to be deemed fit in time to face Aston Villa this weekend.
The Lions head to Manchester United on Saturday for a lunch-time kick off, and though Ole Gunnar Solskjaer isn’t exactly short of attacking options at the moment, experienced Uruguayan centre forward Cavani isn’t likely to be involved after he missed the Carabao Cup defeat to West Ham at Old Trafford on Wednesday night.
Indeed the 34-year-old has only played 37 minutes this season for the Red Devils, those coming in the 1-0 win at Wolves.
Solskjaer confirmed that he is giving Cavani enough time, after he missed out on training in the build up to the Irons cup tie, and will remain patient while the veteran striker builds up his fitness levels.
“He has not trained enough to be part of this,” Solskjaer said. “He is working hard and he knows his body better than anyone. He will put his hand up when he is ready.”
Solskjaer made a number of United changes in the week, as Dean Smith himself did in the defeat to Chelsea.
Dean Henderson started ahead of David De Gea, with former Villa keeper Tom Heaton coming onto the bench to join Phil Jones, who hasn’t played any senior competitive football since January 2020.
The likes of Anthony Martial, Donny Van de Beek, Juan Mata and Eric Bailly all got starts, but Solskjaer is set to recall Cristiano Ronaldo, Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw, Raphael Varane and David De Gea, among others, on Saturday.
Bruno Fernandes and Mason Greenwood came off the bench at West Ham, while Jadon Sancho played the entire game.