Casemiro was shown a straight red card against Crystal Palace and will miss Manchester United’s upcoming matches as a result.
The Brazilian midfielder has been one of the club’s most important players since joining in the summer and they struggled without him when he missed the match against Arsenal through suspension after picking up his fifth yellow card.
They’ll now have to make do without him again for a number of matches after he was sent off for grabbing Will Hughes by the throat against Crystal Palace.
Here are the fixtures that he’ll miss.
A clash between Man Utd and rivals Leeds has yet to take place this season with the September fixture being postponed in the aftermath of the Queen’s death.
The fact that it’s going ahead in February instead makes it all the more important given Leeds are locked in a relegation battle, and Erik ten Hag’s side will no doubt miss Casemiro’s enforcing in what will be a fiery match.
The two sides will then meet again just four days at Elland Road, almost exactly a year on from when Man Utd comfortably beat the Yorkshire side there, prevailing 4-2.
Fred got on the scoresheet that day and could well get the chance to do so again with Casemiro’s absence making it more likely that he’ll play.
After their doubleheader with Leeds, Man Utd will play host to Leicester at Old Trafford and will again be without their number 18.
Like Leeds, Leicester’s Premier League status for next season is far from secured, so they’ll be giving everything they can to improve on the 1-0 loss to the Red Devils they suffered earlier this campaign.
Between their matches with Leeds and Leicester, Man Utd will face Barcelona in the first leg of the heavyweight Europa League clash between the two, and Casemiro will be able to play in it.
That’s because suspensions picked up in the Premier League only apply for domestic competitions – the league, Carabao Cup and FA Cup – and not continental tournaments.
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