Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has been handed some positive injury news over a trio of first team stars.
Phil Jones, Ander Herrera and Marouane Fellaini are all the subjects of positive injury updates although Jones is the only player with a realistic chance of featuring against Everton this weekend.
Fellaini is back in full first team training after he suffered ligament damage in his ankle in Manchester United’s opening day defeat at the hands of Swansea City at Old Trafford.
Herrera cracked a rib in his back against West Ham United last weekend but the Daily Mail suggests that he could be back in action within a fortnight.
“United offered him the opportunity to have a break while he recovers, but the Spaniard has made it clear that he can be fit to play again in two weeks after the forthcoming international break,” writes Chris Wheeler.
United have cover in midfield and have coped without Fellaini since the start of the season and they also have a natural replacement for Herrera in the form of Juan Mata, with a slight midfield reshape likely in his absence.
Jones is the most significant, and most imminent, return because of the defensive frailty which has been exposed in this Manchester United side in the recent past.
Paddy McNair stepped in and was superb in the game against the Hammers last weekend, but Jones’ greater versatility and experience will provide van Gaal with a big boost.
He’s also been in training for longer whereas Fellaini has only just returned with the Everton game looking a little too soon for the Belgian.