UEL: Celta Vigo v Manchester United preview


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Manchester United's injury concerns have eased ahead of their Europa League semi-final, first-leg at Celta Vigo.


Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, Paul Pogba and Eric Bailly have returned to training and will be in contention when United head to Vigo in the northwest of Spain.

Jose Mourinho's side are hoping to reach the Europa League final for the first time in the club's history but Celta should prove tough opponents.
 
The Spanish side, led in attack by former Liverpool forward Iago Aspas, beat Barcelona at Balaidos earlier this season.

And they will want a positive result to take back to Old Trafford for the return leg next Thursday.
 
Smalling and Jones have not played since mid-March after picking up injuries on international duty with England.

Bailly twisted his ankle during the 1-1 draw with Swansea but trained on Wednesday, while Pogba is winning his battle with a hamstring complaint.

All four could feature on Thursday, but Luke Shaw looks set to miss the rest of the season after damaging foot ligaments against the Swans.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Marcos Rojo and Tim Fosu-Mensah remain absent, while Marouane Fellaini is available as his suspension only applies to domestic matches.
 
Aspas, who has scored 17 La Liga goals this season, was rested for Celta's 3-0 home defeat to Athletic Bilbao on Sunday but should return.

Former United striker Giuseppe Rossi, currently on loan at Celta from Serie A side Fiorentina, is sidelined with a long-term knee injury.


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