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David De Gea to miss Spurs match with Covid

De Gea

David De Gea test positive for Covid.

Update – It is now being reported that De Gea may have returned a false positive.

David De Gea is set to miss Manchester United’s match with Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday after testing positive for Covid.

Samuel Luckhurst of the Manchester Evening News reports that ‘David de Gea has tested positive for Covid-19 and Henderson, who celebrates his 25th birthday today, is expected to come in.’

Man United preparations hit.

Meanwhile, ‘Henderson reported at The Lowry Hotel on Friday night even though the majority of the United squad did not.’ Luckhurst writes that Henderson and Aaron Wan-Bissaka were the only players to report to the hotel the night before the game.

Henderson will be making just his fourth appearance in all competitions this season and his first in the Premier League, against a side who have scored nine goals in their last two top-flight games.

The England international’s most recent appearance came in an FA Cup defeat to Middlesbrough last month when he let nine penalties go past him in a shootout defeat following a 1-1 draw.

Dean Henderson

Dean Henderson steps in.

As Henderson has warmed the bench, he has watched De Gea return to something like his top form, having pushed the Spaniard for a first-team spot throughout last season.

During that campaign, Henderson made 26 appearances across all competitions under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, with many criticising the Norwegian manager for not picking him ahead of De Gea for the Europa League Final defeat to Villarreal in May.

There is also a chance that Henderson will step in for Tuesday’s crunch Champions League meeting with Atletico Madrid if De Gea is unable to produce a negative test.

As the battle for Champions League qualification heats up, Saturday’s match will be Henderson’s most important appearance of the season by far, as he has only played in the FA Cup, League Cup and a dead rubber Champions League group game against Young Boys so far this season.

Manchester United against Tottenham Hotspur kicks off at 5.30 pm and will be broadcast live on Sky Sports.

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