Kobbie Mainoo named in Manchester United squad for Manchester City clash as Casemiro misses out

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Kobbie Mainoo named in Manchester United squad for Manchester City clash as Casemiro misses out
Manchester United v Olympique Lyonnais - Pre-Season Friendly
Kobbie Mainoo could make his return against Manchester City (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Kobbie Mainoo could make his long-awaited Manchester United return after arriving with the squad for today’s Manchester derby.

The midfielder has been out of action since limping out of a pre-season clash against Real Madrid in July.

Mainoo had been the star of United’s pre-season tour until then, and was named Man of the Match in United’s previous match against Arsenal.

Erik ten Hag had planned on integrating Mainoo into the first team this season, and with Casemiro’s form being below par, the Dutchman has rued the absence of the teenager.

Manchester United Pre-Season Training Session
Mainoo has been out for three months (Photo by Ash Donelon/Manchester United via Getty Images)

But, after over three months out with an ankle injury, Mainoo could feature against City today.

While it’s unlikely that Mainoo will start, the absence of Casemiro could boost his chances.

The Brazilian has been in a race against time to prove his fitness for the derby, but he was not spotted arriving at Old Trafford.

Casemiro returned from international duty with an ankle problem and, despite training, he’s not yet match fit.

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