De Gea facing fitness check after coming off injured in Man Utd’s win at Southampton

Dean Henderson was subbed on to make his Premier League debut for the Red Devils at St Mary’s

David de Gea is an injury worry for Manchester United, with manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admitting the goalkeeper will be assessed by the club’s medical team after coming off injured against Southampton.

The Spain international did not come out for the second half – being replaced by Dean Henderson – after appearing to damage his knee when beaten for a second time at St Mary’s on Sunday.

De Gea dived to his right in a bid to keep out James Ward-Prowse’s free kick, but failed to make the save and collided with the post.

Henderson was seen going through a rigorous warm-up at half-time, and was subbed on for his Premier League debut for the club.

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Following the game, Solskjaer spoke to Sky Sports about De Gea’s injury and said he is unsure if he will be fit to face Paris Saint-Germain in the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday evening.

“Let’s have a little check on him (David de Gea),” Solskjaer said . “Hopefully he can be okay for Wednesday but I’m not sure.”

While United trailed 2-0 at the break, they produced a thrilling fightback and thanks to a goal from Bruno Fernandes and brace from Edinson Cavani were able to secure a 3-2 win.

United dominated after the interval, meaning Henderson’s Premier League bow for the club was not overly taxing, but Solskjaer felt the 23-year-old was polished in what he did.

“Dean played well though,” the Norwegian said. “He’s a keeper who has been used to being vocal. He wants to organise the team. 

“He had a couple of tidy saves to make. He was safe with his hands. After the first half, we played well again.”

If De Gea is ruled out of the PSG game, it will hand Henderson a major stage to operate on.

Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and co. are likely to provide a stern test of United’s defensive resolve, particularly as PSG trail the Red Devils by three points in Champions League Group G.

A commanding performance from Henderson could make him difficult to dislodge – with a rapid turnaround of games on the horizon.

Following PSG’s visit to Old Trafford, the Red Devils take on West Ham, RB Leipzig, Manchester City, Sheffield United, Leeds United and Everton before Christmas.

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Ancelotti makes U-turn on Rodriguez fitness ahead of Southampton clash

(Reuters) – Everton coach Carlo Ancelotti is hopeful playmaker James Rodriguez will be fit in time for Sunday’s Premier League clash at Southampton, a day after saying he expected the Colombia international to miss the match.



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Rodriguez sustained an injury during a challenge from Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk early in last weekend’s Merseyside derby draw at Goodison Park, although he stayed on for the full 90 minutes.

Ancelotti had earlier suggested Rodriguez would be unable to face the Saints but on Friday confirmed the player had resumed partial training.

“He is not definitely out,” Ancelotti told reporters. “Fortunately his recovery was really good and he trained today, just a partial training session.

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“I hope he trains tomorrow and is in condition to play on Sunday. We are really confident he can maybe play.”

Ancelotti said centre back Ben Godfrey, who made his Everton debut against Liverpool, will be deployed at right back against the Saints, with Jonjoe Kenny yet to recover from an ankle injury.

League leaders Everton are unbeaten this season, having recorded four wins and a draw against reigning champions Liverpool.

“The start was good, now there is a consistency to show every game,” Ancelotti said.

“They (Southampton) are trying to play without the ball with high intensity, they are really compact. We have to be smart, we have to be clever with the ball. If we are, we could have chances to win the game.”

(Reporting by Manasi Pathak in Chennai; Editing by Toby Davis)

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Football: Ancelotti makes U-turn on Rodriguez fitness ahead of Southampton clash

LIVERPOOL: Everton coach Carlo Ancelotti is hopeful playmaker James Rodriguez will be fit in time for Sunday’s Premier League clash at Southampton, a day after saying he expected the Colombia international to miss the match.

Rodriguez sustained an injury after a challenge from Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk early in last weekend’s Merseyside derby draw at Goodison Park, although he stayed on for the full 90 minutes.

Ancelotti had earlier suggested Rodriguez would be unable to face the Saints, but on Friday (Oct 23) confirmed the player had resumed partial training.

“He is not definitely out,” Ancelotti told reporters. “Fortunately his recovery was really good and he trained today, just a partial training session.

“I hope he trains tomorrow and is in condition to play on Sunday. We are really confident he can maybe play.”

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Ancelotti said centre-back Ben Godfrey, who made his Everton debut against Liverpool, will be deployed at right-back against the Saints, with Jonjoe Kenny yet to recover from an ankle injury.

League leaders Everton are unbeaten this season, having recorded four wins in addition to the draw against reigning champions Liverpool.

“The start was good, now there is a consistency to show every game,” Ancelotti said.

“(Southampton) are trying to play without the ball with high intensity, they are really compact. We have to be smart, we have to be clever with the ball. If we are, we could have chances to win the game.”

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