Three Manchester United stars return to training in massive boost ahead of Chelsea clash | Football

Harry Maguire and Jonny Evans should be fit to face Chelsea (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag has welcomed Raphael Varane, Jonny Evans and Harry Maguire back to training ahead of his side’s trip to Chelsea.

United lost Lisandro Martinez and Victor Lindelof to month-long injuries following their draw against Brentford on Saturday.

Varane came off at half-time of that draw after a collision with Bees striker Ivan Toney.

United have been plagued by injuries all season, which has partly contributed to the lack of consistent style of play at Old Trafford.

The Red Devils need to beat Chelsea to keep their Champions League hopes alive.

And the Dutchman admits he’s relieved to have ‘no more issues’, as well as the return of the defensive trio to training.

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Varane came off against Brentford (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

‘No more issues, we don’t need,’ said Ten Hag.

‘On the frontline and midfield we are okay and we have options there but in the backline we have a lack of options but the good thing is back in training this afternoon is Raphael Varane and Jonny Evans. Yesterday Harry Maguire was back in training.’

Ten Hag was questioned on why the club are getting so many injuries and while he was unwilling to share his inner thoughts, he says the packed fixture schedule in the last 18 months has contributed.

‘You can’t prevent, it’s not only us who’ve had this, the standards of the Premier League from an intensity perspective are so high, the overload of the schedule, international football is so huge, we have internationals in our squad,’ said Ten Hag.

‘City, Liverpool and Newcastle have problems, many other teams. In this moment, especially the defensive department but the midfield and frontline the players are available.’

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