Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed Edinson Cavani did suffer an ankle injury in last night’s 9-0 rout against Southampton.
The Uruguayan international was taken off at half-time after scoring his side’s fourth goal. It was initially assumed that the striker was being rested, with a packed fixture schedule coming up, but Solskjaer has moved to clarify the situation:
“Edinson got a bad tackle on his ankle so he had to come off. He probably would have loved to be out there scoring goals. But there was no point in taking any risks. Hopefully, it won’t swell up too much.”
It seems Solskjaer is hoping the injury is nothing more than a knock at this stage but the player is now a serious doubt for United’s match against Everton at Old Trafford on Saturday evening.
The 33-year-old has become a key man for the Red Devils in recent months, with former defender Rio Ferdinand stating yesterday evening that the forward simply “has to play” every game as he provides a focal point to the attack.
From the sound of things though, Anthony Martial may have to fill in but, after the Frenchman scored a brace in the second half versus the Saints, that shouldn’t be seen as a bad thing.