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Harry Maguire a doubt for semi-final clash against Manchester City

The Manchester United defender picked up a knock against Wolves on Saturday and could miss the first leg of the Carabao Cup semi-final on Tuesday.

Harry Maguire suffered a knock against Wolves (David Davies/PA)
Harry Maguire suffered a knock against Wolves (David Davies/PA)

By PA Sport Staff

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is unsure if England defender Harry Maguire will be fit to face Manchester City in the Carabao Cup semi-final on Tuesday.

The 26-year-old appeared to be limping following a first-half challenge on Adama Traore during United’s 0-0 draw with Wolves in the FA Cup third round on Saturday.

Phil Jones was preparing to come on for Maguire but the centre-back eventually completed the 90 minutes and Jones was an unused substitute.

Solskjaer admitted he considered taking Maguire off at half-time and, when asked by BT Sport after the game whether the defender would be fit for the first leg against City at Old Trafford, he replied: “I don’t know.

“We were close to taking him off at half-time, but he battled through. Let’s see how he recovers. We hope so.”

Maguire has only missed four games in all competitions this season and has played every minute of the club’s Premier League campaign.

He struggled a little bit but let's see how he'll recover Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

United are already missing defenders Axel Tuanzebe, Marcos Rojo and Eric Bailly and if Maguire is deemed unfit Jones will likely play alongside Victor Lindelof in the heart of the defence.

Solskjaer added on MUTV: “We were not sure if he should continue in the second half, but he was adamant he was going to be OK.

“He struggled a little bit but let’s see how he’ll recover. It’s not many days, it’s Sunday, Monday and then we go again Tuesday.”

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