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Man Utd promote Jack Kingdon to first-team training amid centre-back injury crisis

Manchester United have promoted Under-18s centre-back Jack Kingdon to first-team training amid the ongoing defensive crisis.

The Red Devils have had a tough time with injuries over the course of the season and they are currently without four senior central defenders.

Lisandro Martinez, Raphael Varane and Victor Lindelof are out for at least a month while Jonny Evans could be on the sidelines for a few games.

Harry Maguire is currently the only senior centre-back in the squad and he is likely to be partnered by Willy Kambwala at Bournemouth.

Left-back Harry Amass made the matchday squad for the first time against Liverpool and Kingdon could do something similar tomorrow.

The 18-year-old has been promoted for today’s first-team training session and looks in line to travel with the senior squad to the South Coast.

Kingdon has represented the Under 18s in 14 league games this term while he has made an overall 21 appearances in total for the academy.

The teenager has impressed with his passing accuracy, long balls and ability to win aerial challenges in and around his own box.

He could be in line for a cameo debut tomorrow if United find themselves preserving a late advantage against the Cherries.

United are currently 11 points adrift of the top four and they need a huge turnaround to qualify for the Champions League.

Irrespective of this, the faithful will be expecting a strong showing from the players on the back of three winless matches.

United suffered a shock 3-0 loss to the Cherries in the reverse fixture and have the chance to avenge the result tomorrow.

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