Manchester United right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka could return to action on Tuesday night when Wolves visit Old Trafford in the Premier League, having been ruled out of the Boxing Day draw with Leicester and the earlier Carabao Cup quarter-final against Everton.
Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has turned to centre-backs to fill in both times, selecting Axel Tuanzebe against Everton and Victor Lindelof against Leicester.
Lindelof looked uncomfortable at times in the latter game, although that could also have been a result of the back complaint that later forced him off. Tuanzebe was a better stand-in, but Wan-Bissaka looks like he has a chance of coming back in against Wolves this week.
The former Crystal Palace defender has been pictured back in training with the rest of the squad and his return would go a long way to shoring up United’s back line.
19-year-old Under-23 right-back Ethan Laird, who made his senior debut last season, was also training with the first team. He was joined in the session by academy talents Anthony Elanga, 18, Shola Shoretire, 16, and Will Fish, 17.
With no Under-23 games scheduled until 18 January, summer signing Facundo Pellistri was another also involved in first-team training. It will be a welcome opportunity for Solskjaer and his staff to get a good look at several youngsters, especially if there are to be a handful of places up for grabs when United face Championship side Watford in the FA Cup in two weeks’ time.
The Daily Telegraph notes that Lindelof is still a doubt to face Wolves because of his back problem, which has been an ongoing complaint for a number of months. Marcus Rashford could also be forced to miss out because he aggravated a long-standing shoulder injury against Leicester.
Victory for United could see them end this round of midweek fixtures as high as second in the Premier League table if other results also go in their favour.