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Manchester United will host Chelsea at Old Trafford on August 11th, and both teams are currently in pre-season getting set for the new campaign.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could be without key defender Victor Lindelof due to injury as Lindelof was forced from the field with a thigh strain in the club’s pre-season game against Serie A side Inter Milan on Saturday afternoon.
The Sweden international was injured off the ball, and walked straight down the tunnel after being replaced by Phil Jones in the centre on Man Utd’s defence.
Lindelof was one of United’s most consistent players last season and he made 40 appearances in all competitions last season, including the two Premier League stalemates against the Blues.
Solskjaer was unable to give a time frame as to when Lindelof will recover.
“We don’t know yet but [Lindelof and Chong] should be OK,” he told MUTV.
“Victor, we’ll have to assess him tomorrow.”
Chelsea have four more pre-season games to play before the trip to Old Trafford, starting with a game against Barcelona at the Saitama Stadium on Tuesday.
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has revealed the one thing he will always ask his Chelsea players for when they are on the pitch – which is to buy into his philosophy.
“On the pitch I will ask for one thing and that’s absolutely buying into how I want to do it,” Lampard said, according to Chelsea’s official website.
“I already sensed the size of the club and differences off the pitch, dealing with players with 70 caps and so many titles. No player is the same, but the basics are the same. And I haven’t changed too much in my basic approach.”