Edinson Cavani has withdrawn from the Manchester United squad travelling to Italy to take on AC Milan in the Europa League.
Cavani was due to feature for the Red Devils in the second leg of the last-16 tie but has suffered a reaction to a recent injury, which has forced him to back out of the squad.
Man United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer confirmed: “Unfortunately, it looks like Edinson has got a bit of a reaction to training today and didn’t feel ready to travel.”
The 34-year-old striker has been battling for fitness in recent weeks and has already missed six of Man United’s last seven games.
United could use Cavani this Thursday as they must score against AC Milan to have any chance of progressing to the quarter-finals after the teams drew 1-1 at Old Trafford last week.
Solskjaer will rely on the likes of Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood to get the Italian job done.
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Cavani’s long-term future has been the subject of debate in recent weeks after his father claimed his son is unhappy in the UK and has plans to return to South America at the end of the season.
Cavani is also said to have been in contact with Boja Juniors over a summer switch.
Luis Cavani told reporters; “My son does not feel comfortable in England and wants to be close to the family again”.
“Edinson is going to end up playing in South America. I want Edinson to play in a team that fights for something important.
“Edinson had many conversations with [Boca vice-president Juan Roman] Riquelme and he would like to play for Boca. He was always seduced by the idea of playing in Boca.
“If he returns to South America he is leaning towards Boca.”