Manchester United will not recall Axel Tuanzebe from his season-long loan at Aston Villa despite their injury struggles in defence.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is facing an injury crisis at the back with new centre-back Raphael Varane joining Harry Maguire on the side-lines following a groin injury he picked up in France’s Nations League final win over Spain.
The 28-year-old will miss the matches against Leicester, Atalanta, Liverpool and Tottenham, while partner Maguire has been out of action since September 25 with a calf injury.
But despite being short of cover, United are not considering bringing youngster Tuanzebe back from loan.
The 23-year-old is claimed by MEN sources to be “enjoying his football” at Villa and is unlikely to want to leave now that he is finally playing first team football.
He has started five of Villa’s nine matches so far this season, which is already more than the total league starts he received last campaign.
His loan move marks his third spell at the midlands club where he has been deployed in a back three alongside Tyrone Mings and Ezri Konsa.
Meanwhile, 28-year-old Maguire revealed on Wednesday he is yet to join the rest of the squad for training.
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He said: "It is obviously a frustrating injury for me to get but I am progressing and I will be back on the pitch soon."
The veteran’s absence leaves Solskjaer with Eric Bailly and Victor Lindelof as his options ahead of a must win Premier League game against Leicester.
With pressure mounting on the manager following a string of poor results, he will be hoping his back-up centre-back pairing will give the in-form David de Gea enough protection.
Opposition striker Jamie Vardy is currently the league’s joint-top scorer on six goals and will pose plenty of threats come Saturday.
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