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Champions League team news: Rashford in doubt for Manchester United

Champions League team news Manchester UnitedFind out how Manchester United and Barcelona will line up at Old Trafford tonight.

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Manchester United v Barcelona Champions League team news.

Marcus Rashford, Nemanja Matic and Ander Herrera are all carrying niggles into Manchester United’s quarterfinal first leg meeting with Barcelona at Old Trafford.

The trio have all been listed among the doubtful starters but only Rashford turned up at the team hotel in Carrington despite suffering from an ankle injury.

Matic and Herrera are among the four United players who would be suspended for the second leg if they pick up a booking against Barcelona on Wednesday. The other two are skipper Antonio Valencia and fullback Luke Shaw. Shaw is the only one of the quartet likely to start and will have to put that out of his mind as he goes about his defensive duties.

Academy starlet James Garner was present in the 20-strong United squad spotted entering the Lowry hotel ahead of a monumental Champions League clash.

Matic and Herrera have not been conclusively ruled out of the clash and players have been known to arrive at the team hotel later for home fixtures in the Champions League.

Skipper Valencia and concussed defender Eric Bailly have been ruled out of contention by manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer already.

Barcelona are pretty close to full strength but Rafinha remains absent with a long-term knee injury. Ousmane Dembélé has apparently recovered from a hamstring complaint but will likely take up a place on the Barca bench.

The visitors right back Nélson Semedo will miss the second leg if he is booked.

Phillipe Coutinho is not expected to start but his former Liverpool compatriot and current Barcelona teammate Luiz Suarez will get to reacquaint himself with the Old Trafford faithful from the off.

Teams

Manchester United (likely XI): De Gea; Young, Smalling, Lindelöf, Shaw; Matić, Herrera, Pogba; Lingard, Rashford; Martial

Out: Bailly (concussion), Darmian (unknown), Sánchez (knee), Valencia (fitness)

Doubtful: Herrera (unknown), Matić (unspecified), Rashford (ankle)

Misses next match if booked: Herrera, Matić, Shaw, Valencia, Young

Barcelona (likely XI): Ter Stegen; Semedo, Piqué, Lenglet, Alba; Vidal, Arthur, Busquets, Rakitić; Messi, Suárez

Out: Rafinha (knee)

Doubtful: Dembélé (hamstring)

Misses next match if booked: Semedo

Ajax v Juventus Champions League team news

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Ajax’s Serbian forward Dusan Tadic celebrates with Ajax’s Brazilian forward David Neres. PHOTO: GABRIEL BOUYS / AFP

Ajax Amsterdam’s entire backline could be left walking on eggshells for the visit of Juventus as all four expected starting defenders face suspension for the second leg if they are booked.

Hassane Bandé is still absent up front for Ajax but the Dutch side have coped well with his absence with Dusan Tadic and Hakim Ziyech doing a great job up front alongside converted wingback David Neres. Ziyech will also miss the second leg if booked.

Juventus may find their generally solid spine tested in the absence of Martín Caceres, Giorgio Chiellini and Emre Can.

Federico Bernardeschi and Blaise Matuidi will miss the second leg if they find themselves in the referee’s book on Wednesday night.

Teams

Ajax (likely XI): Onana; Veltman, De Ligt, Blind, Tagliafico; Van de Beek, Schöne, De Jong; Ziyech, Tadić, Neres

Out: Bandé (calf), Mazraoui (suspended)

Misses next match if booked: Blind, De Ligt, Tagliafico, Van de Beek, Ziyech

Juventus (likely XI): Szczęsny; De Sciglio, Bonucci, Rugani, Alex Sandro; Betancur, Pjanić, Matuidi; Bernardeschi; Mandžukić, Ronaldo

Out: Cáceres (thigh), Can (ankle), Chiellini (calf)

Doubtful: Barzagli (calf), Douglas Costa (thigh), Perin (shoulder)

Misses next game if booked: Bernardeschi, Matuidi

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