Maurizio Sarri has provided the latest injury news on Toni Rudiger and N'Golo Kante ahead of our game at Old Trafford on Sunday, as well as detailing the length of Callum Hudson-Odoi's absence...
The boss spoke to the media at Cobham and had good news regarding the availability of our German defender, although he is less confident about Kante, who went off at half-time in our draw with Burnley on Monday night. Callum Hudson-Odoi suffered an Achilles tendon injury in the same game and has had successful surgery.
'Rudiger is okay,' Sarri reported. 'We are trying to recover Kante but I am not sure at the moment.
'The operation of Callum went in the right way. He will be back here in one or two days. He needs time now. Callum is a very strong young man, physically and mentally. I am sure he will be able to return better than before.'
Regarding the length of the 18-year-old's absence, Sarri had this to say.
'It depends. For sure three months. Then we have to see the condition. You can be able to play but we need a player at the top. So it depends. The technical period is three months, no less.'
Also in the media conference Sarri looked forward to Sunday's game against Manchester United, one of our rivals for a top-four spot
'The match is clear. At this moment it’s a very important match, probably more than important for our target. We will try to win of course, but we need not to lose. It’s a very difficult match for both.
'We have to play against opponents with a very high level of motivation after the Manchester derby. They have a chance of the top four. Of course they need to win all the last three matches. But we need to gain points too. We need to fight and try in every way.'