Edinson Cavani has disclosed further specifics about the injury that kept him out of Uruguay’s preparations for the international break and the recent Manchester derby.
The 34-year-old was left out of Manchester United’s squad after starting alongside Cristiano Ronaldo against Tottenham the week before, scoring his first Premier League goal of the season to help United to a 3-0 victory.
United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admitted ahead of kick-off against City: “We’ve had a couple of issues since Italy [United played Atalanta in the Champions League on Tuesday], Edi has been one of them.”
The Uruguayan has confessed that he has been suffering from a tendon ailment for several months, telling local daily El Observador (via United’s official website): “The issue was like this. Before starting the season, I had discomfort in the tendon.
“It made me spend a couple of weeks out until I began to gain some minutes [on the pitch] in my team. I had to go back to the national team, always with a bit of pain, but with the hope that it would disappear.
“It was improving but, after Tottenham, it started coming back. And I decided to have the treatment so that it does not continue to get worse, and to recover as soon as possible to be fit for my team and the national team.”
United’s players have two weeks to get their act together, and Solskjaer is under increasing pressure. The next Premier League game comes against Watford, which United’s hierarchy may believe is a must-win for the Norwegian and his players, otherwise, the club risks falling further behind Chelsea and Manchester City at the top of the standings.
Cavani is in a battle against time to be ready, having demonstrated at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium that he still has a lot to offer Manchester United.