Cristiano Ronaldo could miss Manchester United’s huge clash with Tottenham with Ralf Rangnick wary of rushing him back from injury too soon.
Ronaldo missed United’s 4-1 defeat to Manchester City on Sunday after suffering a recurrence of a hip problem.
He returned to Portugal to recuperate but was back at Carrington on Tuesday to be assessed by medical staff and undergo light training sessions.
With United short of firepower, Ronaldo is desperate to return to the team for Saturday’s clash with Tottenham – a fixture that could prove key on the top four race.
However, Rangnick and his staff are mulling over whether to rest the player or start him from the bench on Saturday with the Champions League second leg tie with Atletico Madrid to follow just three days later.
According to The Mirror, United staff are wary of rushing the Portugueses star back and running the risk of aggregating his injury further.
The club is currently short of options up front with Edinson Cavani’s fitness an ongoing issue, Mason Greenwood suspended and Marcus Rashford devoid of form.
However, there was better news on the injury front with Raphael Varane seen back in training.
The France international was another who missed Sunday’s derby after a positive Covid test but was pictured in full flow at Carrington on Wednesday.
Cavani was also part of the group, offering hope that he could be involved for the visit of Antonio Conte’s side.