The Daily Mail claims Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera could be rushed back from a broken rib injury to try and help fill the void left by Daley Blind’s absence.
Blind picked up a knee problem while playing for the Netherlands over the weekend and could now be out for as long as six weeks.
It’s the latest setback in a season which has been crammed full of injuries for Louis van Gaal’s side, making consistency of team selection extremely difficult.
“It means Herrera could be rushed back into action at the Emirates, while Tyler Blackett and Patrick McNair could be called upon at centre-half. The young players have just 10 Premier League appearances between them,” reports the Mail.
While Herrera wouldn’t play in the same position as Blind, his return to the first team would give LvG more options in terms of reshuffling the pack to try and keep everyone as fresh as possible.
Herrera has played with his current problem before via support provided from a brace, which he wears to take some of the pressure away from his ribs.
However, there is always going to be the very obvious risk of a problem getting worse or a player not making the whole 90 minutes, if he features with an injury.
Blind’s impact at United since joining from Ajax last summer has been superb but the side will now have to find a way of adapting without him controlling the space in front of their back four.