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Manchester United receive double injury boost ahead of Arsenal clash

Two Manchester United players are back in training ahead of the Premier League fixture against Arsenal on Sunday

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Manchester United have received a much-needed boost as they prepare to face Arsenal on Sunday, with Lisandro Martinez and Marcus Rashford returning to training.

Manager Erik ten Hag has been struggling with a shortage of options, particularly in defence, with 11 first-team players unavailable for their recent defeat against Crystal Palace.

In a positive development for the Red Devils, it was confirmed on Thursday that both Rashford and Martinez participated in the full team session, signalling their readiness for the upcoming fixture.

Rashford had been sidelined with an injury sustained during the FA Cup semi-final victory over Coventry, causing him to miss the subsequent three matches.

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Martinez, who has faced a challenging season marred by injuries, has only made 11 appearances and suffered a calf issue in March shortly after returning from a previous lay-off.

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Marcus Rashford and Lisandro Martinez are back in training for Manchester United ahead of Arsenal clash (Image credit: Getty Images)

While their availability for the Arsenal match remains uncertain, their return provides a glimmer of hope for United as they strive to reignite their bid for European qualification.

However, doubts linger over the fitness of key players Bruno Fernandes and Scott McTominay, who were absent from the training session and could be sidelined for the crucial encounter.

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Meanwhile, Arsenal are set to enter the match with a clean bill of health for the first time this season. Jurrien Timber is expected to make his first appearance since the opening day and could feature in the squad.

The Gunners, eager to avoid a setback in the Premier League title race, will be aiming to capitalise on their opponent’s injury woes. Despite their status as heavy favourites, Arsenal have struggled at Old Trafford in recent years, with just one victory in their last 16 visits.

Any dropped points for Arsenal could hand the title to Manchester City, who have the opportunity to leapfrog them with a win against Fulham on Saturday.

United’s recent form under Erik ten Hag has been concerning, with defensive vulnerabilities and a lack of attacking prowess evident. Arsenal, poised to exploit their opponent’s weaknesses, have a prime opportunity to secure a crucial victory.

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