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Premier League: Blow to Manchester United as Rasmus Hojlund suffers muscle injury

The 21-year-old Denmark international had found his groove after a slow start to his first season in Manchester, scoring in each of his past six appearances for United

Reuters Manchester Published 24.02.24, 08:49 AM
Manchester United players Casemiro (left) and Bruno Fernandes, in this picture shared by the club on X, chat before a training session on Friday.

Manchester United players Casemiro (left) and Bruno Fernandes, in this picture shared by the club on X, chat before a training session on Friday. X

Manchester United forward Rasmus Hojlund will be sidelined for up to three weeks with a muscle injury, the English Premier League team said on Friday.

The 21-year-old Denmark international had found his groove after a slow start to his first season in Manchester, scoring in each of his past six appearances for United.

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United said in a short statement that Hojlund will miss Saturday's game against Fulham at Old Trafford "due to a muscle injury."

“It is expected to keep him out for two to three weeks,” the team said.

By that timeline, Hojlund likely would miss the Manchester derby at Etihad Stadium on March 3.

Hojlund's scoring streak has helped Erik ten Hag's team move up to sixth place in pursuit of a Champions League spot.

Arsenal eye comeback

Arsenal must use their last-gasp Champions League defeat in Porto as extra fuel for Saturday's home clash against Newcastle United, manager Mikel Arteta said on Friday.

Galeno's stoppage time goal for Porto in the last-16 first-leg tie stunned Arsenal and interrupted a superb run of form since the turn of the year.

Arsenal will be confident of overturning that deficit in the second leg but before that, the priority for Arteta will be maintaining his side's Premier League title challenge.

The Gunners have won their last five league games, scoring 21 goals, and have the chance to close the gap on leaders Liverpool to two points with victory over Newcastle in a Saturday night clash at The Emirates Stadium.

"What happened in another competition is there, but what you cannot deny is what is in your tummy after a defeat," Arteta told reporters. "We have to use it in a really powerful way to be better."

Newcastle beat Arsenal 1-0 in November — a bitter defeat that left Arteta seething at the match officials.

While Newcastle's season has been impacted by injuries since then, Eddie Howe's side still pose a considerable threat. "They are a really good team. They are very well coached, they have fantastic players," Arteta said.

This time last season, Arsenal were involved in a two-horse title race with eventual champions Manchester City — his side eventually crumbling under the pressure.

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