“It’s quite positive about all of the players,” he informed club media, despite some doubts earlier in the week over Raphael Varane and Marcel Sabitzer. “Christian Eriksen is back on the pitch, not yet in the team training but I expect him in the coming week, [or] weeks, back in team training so will be available for games again.

“So we know how big an impact Christian Eriksen had on our game, but also others, like Anthony Martial, are also returning in team training and [there were] no injuries, luckily, from the internationals. That’s always a concern as a manager when the players leave you, how you get them back and, especially, in this stage of the season when it comes to the end, to the final stage.”

Tom Heaton is ruled out of the Newcastle clash, though, after sustaining an ankle problem, while Alejandro Garnacho and Donny van de Beek are also still sidelined.

Casemiro, of course, is suspended for the next three fixtures.

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