Ander Herrera has reportedly told Louis van Gaal that he will be ready to play in Manchester United's game against West Brom on Monday night, although will need a painkilling injection.
The news will be a welcome boost to Louis van Gaal as the injury crisis that has engulfed the club begins to ease.
Among those on the treatment table immediately following United's most recent game, the 2-1 win over Everton, were Paddy McNair (hamstring), Ander Herrera (rib), Chris Smalling (thigh), Jonny Evans (ankle), Ashley Young (groin), Phil Jones (hamstring), Jesse Lingard (knee) and Michael Carrick (ankle). Antonio Valencia then joined them after it was revealed he had a hamstring problem.
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The number of injuries led Van Gaal to claim he had "never" seen such a situation in his entire career as a manager.
However, Herrera's fractured rib is not as serious as first feared, meaning the summer signing could be available for the match on Monday night. The 25-year-old may need a painkilling injection though. Another option in midfield, Carrick, is also nearing a return. The England international came through a behind-closed-doors game and should be in the squad for the match against the Baggies.
In defence, both Chris Smalling and Phil Jones are ready with both having returned to full training during the international break.
Manchester United injury list
Manchester United injury list
1/5 Wayne Rooney
There is uncertainty over the extent of the Manchester United captain's injury, with fears he may have suffered ligament damage to his knee during the 3-0 defeat to Everton. Unlikely to feature against West Brom and could miss the rest of the season.
2/5 Michael Carrick
Having limped off in the 4-2 derby victory over Manchester City, it's uncertain if the England midfielder will fit for this weekend. Was unable to even make the bench for the defeat to Everton.
The right-back's return to action has suffered a set-back. After making a short appearance in the 3-0 win over Tottenham in March, the Brazilian has been pushing for full fitness. However he suffered a blow to the ribs in an Under-21 match against Leicester and could miss the rest of the season.
4/5 Marcos Rojo
Having missed the games against Chelsea and Everton due to a groin injury, the Argentina international is pushing for a return and could feature this weekend.
5/5 Phil Jones
Fellow defender Phil Jones also missed the defeats to Chelsea and Evertton but the England international has returned to training after a foot complaint and could play at against West Brom.
Despite the number of players of the treatment table in recent weeks, United have managed to win three of their last four games, propelling them up the table and into fourth-place.
Following the match at the Hawthorns against West Brom on Monday, United face Premier League pace-setters Chelsea and then Manchester City.
With such crucial games on the horizon, Van Gaal will be delighted to see his injury problems easing. Meanwhile the suspended Wayne Rooney remains out, but will return for the Manchester derby.Reuse content