Manchester United midfielder Casemiro is on the brink of receiving yet another suspension.
The Brazilian will miss the second leg of the Europa League quarter-final clash against Sevilla if he gets booked in the first game at Old Trafford on Thursday.
Casemiro has missed eight games through suspension so far this campaign. The former Real Madrid star has been sent off twice in the Premier League, contributing to seven of the games he has missed.
He also missed the defeat to Arsenal in January after getting his fifth yellow card in the top flight. United’s win over Everton was the final game of Casemiro’s latest ban.
But, he could soon be out again for Erik ten Hag. If he were to get booked against Sevilla, he would miss the second leg in Spain the following Thursday.
Casemiro was booked in both clashes against Barcelona in the play-off round. A third yellow would lead to a one-game ban.
Meanwhile, Bruno Fernandes is also in the same position. He picked up a yellow card in the second leg against Barcelona as well as the first leg of the last-16 clash against Real Betis.
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The duo would be major losses for Ten Hag. The Dutchman will want something as close to a full-strength squad as possible to take to Sevilla on April 20.
United have become used to playing without Casemiro this season. The absence of Fernandes could be more of an issue for them.
The Portugal international has been ever-present player this season, playing 47 matches. Casemiro has been training with the squad despite not being able to play of late.
And Ten Hag is hopeful he will be fit to play a vital role now he is available again. Ten Hag said: “Yes of course, he is taking part [in training] and especially for a player like Casemiro, that is not an advantage.
“So, he needs a rhythm from the training and from games, so he misses that. But luckily he had a game for Brazil versus Morocco, and we are lucky to have played three games in one week, or six days, so he doesn’t miss that much.”