Manchester United injury list: Michael Carrick the only absence as Louis van Gaal's squad make their way back to full fitness

United travel to Upton Park on Sunday afternoon

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Michael Carrick is the only likely absence when Manchester United travel to Upton park to pay West Ham on Sunday.

It is the first time all season that Louis van Gaal has had nearly all of his first-team squad available, with the club suffering rotten injury luck in his first season in charge.

United have had almost 60 injuries to their players this season, with the likes of Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo and Ashley Young suffering several spells on the sideline.

Chelsea, by way of comparison, have eight players who have started at least 19 of their 23 Premier League games, but only Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie have started at least that many.

Against Cambridge a trio of key players returned with Young playing his first game in a month, Jonny Evans completing 90 minutes for the first time since New Year's Day and Chris Smalling playing his first game since 11 January.

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Carrick is expected to be out for about a month with a calf strain.

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