United quartet return ahead of Celta clash
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United quartet return ahead of Celta clash

Manchester United have been given a big boost ahead of their Europa League clash against Celta Vigo with Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, Paul Pogba and Eric Bailly back in training.

The Red Devils have been crippled by injuries of late, losing Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Marcus Rojo for the season during the second leg of their quarter-final tie against Anderlecht while Luke Shaw picked up a foot issue at the weekend.

United's defensive options have been hit particularly hard, Jones and Smalling having not played since March due to toe and knee problems respectively.

The duo have faced criticism from their manager Jose Mourinho for taking a cautious approach in their recovery but now appear ready to play again after taking part in training on Wednesday before the team flew out to Spain.

They were joined in training by Bailly, who twisted his ankle in Sunday's draw with Swansea and had been rated as doubtful for the first leg of their semi-final tie.

The sight of all three players training will be a huge boost to Mourinho, who had suggested he would have to deploy two of Matteo Darmian, Michael Carrick or youngster Axel Tuanzebe in central defence for the Europa League encounter.

The other lift for the EFL Cup winners came in the form of Pogba taking part in training as he works his way back from a hamstring injury suffered in the 2-0 win at Burnley last month.

With the quartet all on the plane to Spain, United are 11/8 to win the first leg of the last four tie, with Celta 12/5 and the draw 11/5.

Mourinho's side are 10/11 to win the Europa League this season, a triumph that would secure them a spot in next season's Champions League.

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