Manchester United could be set to benefit from the potential return of Edinson Cavani against Leeds United after the striker was pictured training in full ahead of Sunday’s hotly-anticipated clash. The Uruguayan had been struggling with a muscular injury sustained during the Red Devils’ comeback victory at West Ham United earlier this month.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer‘s men are set to face Leeds in a Premier League match for the first time in over 16 years as the United legend looks to ease some of the pressure he finds himself under after the club’s premature Champions League exit last month.
Cavani faces a three-match ban for ‘bringing the game into disrepute’ following an allegedly racist social media post after his side’s victory against Southampton last month.
However, the striker has not yet been found guilty so is available to feature against Marcelo Bielsa’s side as it stands.
He was spotted training with the likes of Bruno Fernandes, Donny van de Beek and Alex Telles under Solskjaer’s supervision on Saturday at United’s Carrington base, according to the Manchester Evening News.
Solskjaer has confirmed that Cavani has been focused on his fitness during the week despite his current situation.
“We’ve spoken to Edinson about it [the social media incident],” he said. “He’s apologised. We know it wasn’t meant in a malicious way. He’s explained there are cultural and linguistic differences.
“He’s apologised, he hopes his mistake isn’t going to be costly and he’s still working on fitness. He’s very meticulous in his rehab work and has not felt right.
“Let’s see how he feels in the last training session. It’s a muscle injury that he felt in his groin,” he added.
Fellow United forward Mason Greenwood recently lifted the lid on Cavani’s impact at the club since arriving on a free transfer over the summer.
The 19-year-old revealed that he has been studying the Uruguayan during training, trying to pick up elements of Cavani’s game in order to benefit his own performances.
“Anyone can learn from him, whether it is a young player or an older player,” Greenwood told the club website. “He has just come here and set an example, really. I like the things he does so I obviously pick up on the little things he does.
“I watch him in training and always have an eye on him, to see what movements he does, so I can add it to my game. So it is a big benefit that he is here at the club I think.
“You can see the two goals he scored against Southampton were just unbelievable. It was stuff he has been doing for 10 to 15 years at PSG and at Napoli as well, so he is a good footballer.”