As they wait to evaluate the damage to their captain's ankle, Ole Gunnar Solskjær says Manchester United could be without Harry Maguire for "a few days or a few weeks," and admits he would have to make wholesale changes for the match against Leicester City on Tuesday.
After colliding with Anwar El Ghazi, Maguire was substituted late in United's 3-1 win over Aston Villa.
The win kept the title race alive for at least another 48 hours, but Maguire's absence – the first Premier League minutes he has missed since joining the club – worried Solskjær after the game.
Solskjær effectively ruled Maguire out of Tuesday's match against Leicester, but maintained it is too early to provide a more accurate prognosis.
“The boy [El Ghazi] landed on top of him and he twisted his ankle,” Solskjær said.
Leicester are battling to make the top four, along with Chelsea, West Ham, Liverpool, and Everton.
“Harry has been excellent and it’s almost unheard of, the minutes he’s played without missing him. We’ve a [Europa League] final to look forward to and hopefully, it will be with Harry; it might be a few weeks, it might be a couple of days, we don’t know. Hopefully, it won’t be too bad, but I’m not a doctor, and we’ve got to scan him on Monday.
“He may be available on Thursday [against Liverpool], but I don’t know, it might be longer. I’ll tell you more on Thursday.”
This week, United will host Leicester and Liverpool before facing Manchester City on Friday night, when the difference at the top may be as small as four points.