Solskjaer upbeat over Rashford fitness ahead of Barcelona clash

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is hopeful Marcus Rashford will be available for their Champions League quarter-final clash with Barcelona on Wednesday.

The forward started Tuesday’s training session doing individual work following an ankle injury, raising question marks over his participation in the first leg at Old Trafford.

But Solskjaer told a pre-match press conference: “He needed the extra warm-up and hopefully he won’t get a reaction. He joined parts of it (training) at the end. Let’s see tomorrow. Hopefully he’ll be ready.”

Solskjaer confirmed Eric Bailly and Antonio Valencia would miss the meeting with the Catalan giants, but revealed Nemanja Matic could be available, while Ander Herrera was likely to miss out.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer during faces the media ahead of Manchester United's meeting with Barcelona
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer during faces the media ahead of Manchester United’s meeting with Barcelona (Ian Hodgson/PA)

All four players, who, like Rashford, missed last week’s Premier League loss to Wolves, were absent from the open part of training.

“We still hope maybe that Nemanja can be ready, Ander is probably out and Eric and Antonio are definitely out,” Solskjaer added.

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