With the thigh injury that kept him out for the previous two games, Manchester United fears Paul Pogba will miss at least another fortnight.
Since limping off in the 3-3 draw against Everton on February 6, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side has been without Pogba.
But the World Cup winner is likely to miss another two weeks, ensuring he could be absent on Sunday for the crucial Europa League matches against Real Sociedad and the game between the Premier League and Newcastle.
Pogba may be available for either the two major league games against Chelsea on February 28 or the Manchester Derby a week later, but his return is not put on a definite time scale.
In Pogba’s absence, United stuttered, losing against the Toffees in a game they were leading twice, needing extra time to defeat West Ham in the FA Cup before recording on Sunday a 1-1 draw against relegation-threatened West Brom.
And his ultimate return to fitness will come as a welcome boost to Solskjaer, whose title tilt on the side has faltered in recent weeks.
In the summer, Pogba begins the final year of his United contract and will postpone any decision until the end of the season about his future.