Friday 20 October 2017

Manchester United and Liverpool have big guns back for Sunday showdown

Liverpool's Jordan Henderson
Liverpool's Jordan Henderson

Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson and defender Joel Matip are back in training and could feature against Manchester United.

Henderson has missed the last three matches with a heel problem while Matip has been sidelined for a month with an ankle injury.

Playmaker Philippe Coutinho could be in line to start after making a 30-minute comeback appearance against Southampton in midweek after ankle ligament damage, while Simon Mignolet will return in goal.

United manager Jose Mourinho hopes to have Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Marcos Rojo available for Sunday's clash.

Top scorer Ibrahimovic missed the EFL Cup semi-final first leg with Hull due to illness and will be assessed before the Old Trafford showdown, as will defender Rojo after a muscle strain.

Fellow defender Eric Bailly is away on Ivory Coast duty at the African Nations Cup, while Luke Shaw is pushing for a recall after returning to training this week.

Manchester United provisional squad: De Gea, Romero, Valencia, Fosu-Mensah, Jones, Smalling, Rojo, Darmian, Shaw, Blind, Young, Fellaini, Carrick, Herrera, Schweinsteiger, Pogba, Lingard, Mata, Mkhitaryan, Martial, Rashford, Ibrahimovic, Rooney.

Liverpool provisional squad: Mignolet, Clyne, Lovren, Matip, Milner, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Can, Firmino, Lallana, Coutinho, Karius, Alexander-Arnold, Klavan, Gomez, Moreno, Lucas, Stewart, Origi, Sturridge, Woodburn.

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