Louis van Gaal injury worries are easing up giving the Manchester United boss more options to work with. Several players have now returned to training and they include Michael Carrick, Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, Ashley Young and Ander Herrera, all of whom are billed to return to action by Monday. Although most may not have attained full match fitness to get on the team list at the Hawthorns, the fact that they will be available for subsequent matches is enough to bring smiles to the face of many Old Trafford fans. Below is a roundup of other players who are still battling with injuries at the Manchester United camp.
Antonio Valencia: He is the latest addition to Manchester United injury list, the former Wigan Atlethic man twisted his hamstring just above his knee while he was making a challenge during Manchester United’s recent 2-1 victory over Everton. The winger was deployed in the midfield to pair up with Angel Di Maria in the absence of Ander Herrera. Although initial assessment reveals that the injury is not too serious, the Ecuador winger will not be available for Manchester United’s clash at the Hawthorns. Antonio Valencia is expected back in to the fold by October 26th 2014.
Paddy McNair: Louis van Gaal called up Paddy McNair to the Manchester United first team following a string of injuries and his performances ensured that he got his first call up to the Northern Irish senior team. However his progress was hampered after he suffered a hamstring injury in the 2-1 win over Everton last Sunday. According to BBC Sports, it was estimated that Manchester United could be missing Paddy’s services for 3 consecutive weeks. Paddy will return on the 26th of October.
Jonny Evans: When Manchester United fell to an ignominious 5-3 defeat at the King Power stadium against Leicester, they not only lost their sense of pride, but also their most senior centre-back. The Northern Ireland international, Jonny Evans, suffered a leg injury while he was trying to block a Leonardo Ulloa shot and hobbled off just before half-time. The 26-year-old was later seen with a wooden brace on his leg and initial scan ruled him about for about 3 weeks but is now set to return by October 26, 2014.
Jesse Lingard: Jesse sustained an injury during Manchester United’s opening game against Swansea this season and he looks set for an extended spell at the side-lines, he had only lasted about 24 minutes before he overstretched to challenge Ashley Williams. Lingard limped away from Bridgewater Hospital in Manchester on crutches while his knees fixed with a wooden brace support which indicates that the youngster his nursing ligament damage. Jesse’s return date is yet to be ascertained.