Manchester United’s midfielder Casemiro is once again on the verge of receiving a suspension that could see him miss the second leg of the Europa League quarter-final against Sevilla.
If he receives a booking in the first leg at Old Trafford on Thursday, he will be forced to sit out the return leg in Spain the following Thursday.
This is not the first time this season that the Brazilian has faced suspension, having already missed eight matches due to previous suspensions.
He has been sent off twice in the Premier League, resulting in him missing seven games. Additionally, he missed the defeat to Arsenal in January due to receiving his fifth yellow card of the season in the top flight.
Casemiro has been training with the United squad despite not being able to play recently, and manager Erik ten Hag is hopeful that he will be fit to play a key role now that he is available again.
However, if he were to receive another booking, it could be a significant blow for United, as he has been an integral part of the team this season.
Furthermore, fellow midfielder Bruno Fernandes is also in a similar position, having picked up yellow cards in both matches against old El Clasico rivals Barcelona in the play-off round, as well as the first leg of the last-16 tie against Real Betis. Both players would be major losses for Ten Hag if they were to be absent from the squad.
Despite Casemiro’s potential absence, United have grown accustomed to playing without him this season. However, Fernandes has been an almost ever-present player this season, featuring in 47 matches. His absence could prove to be a bigger issue for the Red Devils.
Ten Hag will want as close to a full-strength squad as possible when they travel to Sevilla on April 20th for the first leg of the quarter-final.
He knows that it will be a tough game, and any absence of key players could be detrimental to the team’s chances of progressing to the next round.
In conclusion, Manchester United’s midfielders Casemiro and Bruno Fernandes could both face suspension and potentially miss important games, including the Europa League quarter-final against Sevilla.
It remains to be seen how manager Erik ten Hag will adapt to any potential absences, but he will be hoping for a full-strength squad to take on Sevilla.