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Manchester United are sweating on the fitness of three of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s squad ahead of a pivotal week in the Premier League season. The Red Devils are unbeaten in 10 in the league and can move to the summit this week with a win over Burnley.

Solskjaer’s side face the Clarets at Old Trafford and know that should they avoid defeat, they will leapfrog old rivals Liverpool at the top of the table.

Regardless of how that one finishes however, all eyes will be on their trip to Anfield, when the two early pacemakers go head-to-head.

Jurgen Klopp has had to deal with a whole host of injuries this term, with his defensive options ravaged in the early months of the campaign.

Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez are both set to miss significant portions of the season, while Joel Matip is another major doubt for the match against their old rivals.

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As well as issues at the back, the champions will also be without summer signing Diogo Jota who is “still a few weeks away” from returning to training after sufeering a knee injury.

United meanwhile, are dealing with some injury concerns of their own, with Luke Shaw, Paul Pogba and Victor Lindelof all doubts.

The trio have all been regulars throughout the season, although Lindelof has recently lost his place in the heart of the defence to Eric Bailly.

Solskjaer left all three out of his matchday squad for the 1-0 FA Cup win over Watford on Saturday, confirming they were injured in his post-match press conference.

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Elsewhere, fans are waiting for United to offer an update on the fitness of Eric Bailly.

The Ivorian’s time with the club has been ravaged by injuries, but has finally looked to put those problems behind him with a sustained run of the team.

Unfortunately for him, he was injured after a heavy collision with his own keeper Dean Henderson during the win over the Hornets.

Bailly was given lengthy treatment on the pitch before being replaced Harry Maguire on the stroke of half time.

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There were initial concerns that he may have suffered a concussion, throwing his availability for Burnley and Liverpool into major doubt.

Following the game however, Solskjaer suggested that it was more of a neck injury, with an expectation that he won’t be out for too long, a prognosis then backed up by the player himself.

“I honestly can’t tell you,” Solskjaer said. “I think he got a good whack, I don’t think it’s concussion, I think it’s his neck, which is sore. Hopefully a muscle injury but we’ll have to check it tomorrow and fingers crossed he won’t be out for too long.”

Following the incident, Bailly took to social media, posting:  “I am OK, it was just a knock.”

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