Man Utd confirm triple injury blow for Barcelona trip but will welcome back Casemiro for Europa League clash

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Manchester United trio Antony, Scott McTominay and Anthony Martial will not travel to Barcelona for Thursday's Europa League match because of injury.
  • Antony reportedly has leg injury
  • McTominay issue undisclosed
  • Martial dealing with hip problem

WHAT HAPPENED? The three players join Christian Eriksen and Donny van de Beek as first-team members currently injured. Additionally, Lisandro Martinez and Marcel Sabitzer will miss Manchester United's first leg against Barcelona because of suspension.

Casemiro is serving a three-match domestic ban but is available for the European fixture.

THE BIGGER PICTURE: The injuries and suspensions leave Manchester United short-handed, and Erik ten Hag will lean on some players who aren't usually in his first-choice plans. Harry Maguire, Jadon Sancho, Fred and Wout Weghorst are all candidates to start.

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WHAT THEY SAID?: Ten Hag complained last week that fixture congestion contributed to injuries in his team, telling reporters: “With the World Cup in between there’s a lot of load – overload on the players, that’s quite clear. That process is already longer term coming on, that the load on the players is too much."


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WHAT NEXT FOR MAN UTD? After the first leg of the Europa League knockouts play-off, the Red Devils play Leicester City on Sunday in the Premier League and then host Barcelona in the return leg next Thursday.