Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be without Scott McTominay and Paul Pogba when his Manchester United side travel to face Sheffield United on Sunday.
McTominay picked a knock in United's last Premier League match, consequently missing Euro 2020 qualifier matches for Scotland.
Pogba, on the other hand, has been missing for a couple of weeks now due to an injury he suffered in the last international break but has stepped up his recovery.
Speaking ahead of the match, Solskjaer was however happy to get a number of players back in training and expects others to be fit by the start of next month.
“Scott will be out for a little while, still,” Ole confirmed. “He has not been training with us, he is still recovering and, hopefully, we can see him, maybe, around the time of Tottenham or [Manchester] City [next month]. We don't know yet. he heals quickly, Scotty, but he is not going to be ready for Sheffield United or Astana, definitely. Probably not [Aston] Villa either,"
”Paul is improving. obviously, he has been out and, when you are in a cast for that long, you do lose your muscle, so gradually you have to step it up. He has not started on his football work yet so it will still be a little while before we see him.“
A decision will be taken on when the likes of Axel Tuanzebe, Diogo Dalot, Luke Shaw, Tim Fosu-Mensah, Eric Bailly and Nemanja Matic are fit enough to play, having returned to training with the rest of the team.
Sheffield are placed fifth on the standings on 17 points, one ahead of United who are seventh.