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Pogba battling for fitness: Solskjaer

 

Major doubt: United ace Paul Pogba has a swollen ankle
Major doubt: United ace Paul Pogba has a swollen ankle

By Simon Peach

Paul Pogba is a doubt for Manchester United's meeting with Arsenal on Monday after a recurrence of his ankle injury.

Pogba played 90 minutes in United's 1-1 Carabao Cup draw with Rochdale on Wednesday night for the first time since twisting his right ankle against Southampton last month.

The midfielder missed a team bonding meal with other members of the squad on Thursday and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer confirmed he may be unavailable.

"He finished the (Rochdale) game - 90 minutes, fantastic - but got a knock to his ankle which is very swollen so he's in a race for Monday," said Solskjaer.

Solskjaer then confirmed that Pogba was a doubt for Monday. "Yes, that's the way it is," he said.

Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial are not expected to recover in time to face Unai Emery's side either, leaving United with few options up front.

Luke Shaw has returned to full training after a hamstring problem but may not be deemed match fit for Monday.

"I wouldn't put my life on (Rashford and Martial returning) but that's part of this game," added Solskjaer.

"Luke's back in training today so let's see how he is."

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