Anthony Martial should be fit enough to play some part in Saturday’s Manchester derby, according to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. The game will kick-off at 12:30 pm ET in the US.
Martial picked up an injury during last Sunday’s 2-2 draw with Aston Villa. But Ole said that he could feature at the Etihad stadium, even if it’s initially as a substitute.
“We hope to have Anthony, definitely, for part of the game. I am not sure he is able to start,” said Ole.
Paul Pogba is still injured with an ankle injury, but could be getting closer to a return and may play a part in the upcoming busy festive period.
“Paul probably won’t be available, no,” the Norwegian added.
“We expect him back as soon as possible, as quickly as possible. He’s out on the grass training. I said [he’ll be back] in 2019, so hopefully we’ll see him before the new year, definitely.”
The manager didn’t give an update regarding Nemanja Matic whom he said could return to the line-up in mid-week. Long-term absentees Eric Bailly, Tim Fosu-Mensah and Diogo Dalot are all working hard in training to be fit.
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Pep Guardiola said that Sergio Aguero will miss the game because of injury. While long-term absentees Leroy Sane and Aymeric Laporte (both knee) are out of contention until the new year. Left-back Oleksandr Zinchenko has returned to training after surgery on a knee problem, but it remains to be seen whether he’ll be fit enough to play.
There is some good news for City, as Ilkay Gundogan can once again be selected after serving a one-match suspension during the win over Burnley in midweek.