Manchester United visit FC Rostov in their Europa League last-16 clash at Olimp-2 where there were concerns of the pitch not in a good condition for playing.
Following a pitch inspection on Wednesday, UEFA have confirmed that the tie will go as planned and will not be postponed.
A statement read: "A pitch inspection has been carried out by match officials on Wednesday.”
"The playing surface may not be in perfect condition but has been deemed playable. The match will go ahead as scheduled.”
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Ahead of the game against Rostov, Marcos Rojo, Ander Herrera and Juan Mata went out on to the pitch to test it out.
Here’s what they found.
Herrera & Rojo testing out the bounce of the ball in Rostov ?? pic.twitter.com/BGTBQHeULv
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That’s the surface on which United must face Rostov in the first leg of their last 16 match at the Olimp-2 stadium. One can easily understand why Mourinho was a bit worried and disappointed.
The Red Devil’s boss wanted the first leg of the last-16 clash against FC Rostov to be called off after realising the unsuitable playing conditions a fortnight ago.
The United boss said: “It’s still hard for me to believe that we are going to play (there).
“I don’t know what team to play, really I don’t know. I now have to think a lot, because I was expecting something more playable.
Jose Mourinho had voiced his concerns about the chances of his players getting injured on this kind of surface after looking at the pitch. Mourinho paralleled the surface to the one in Olympic Stadium in Beijing, which led to the cancellation of a pre-season friendly against Manchester City last summer.
“I don't know. I have now a lot to think because I was expecting something more playable in a very similar pitch in the summer in China we and Manchester City decided not to play, but it looks like we have to play.”“I didn't have any contact with anyone until now [about the pitch]. I just had a quick contact with one gentleman from UEFA when I was looking at the pitch and when I told him about my concerns, the gentleman told me the players are insured, so if something happens, no problem.”
It is not an excuse, but FC Rostov's pitch is an absolute shambles. Should be genuine worries over players picking up injuries. Awful. pic.twitter.com/A8sroUp2WU
— Liam Canning (@LiamPaulCanning) March 8, 2017