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Manchester United’s injury concerns continue to pile up

by Sam Peoples

Going into the game against West Ham on Sunday, Manchester United only had one fit senior centre-back and the injuries at all levels at the club are continuing to pile up.

Playing for United’s Under-21s last night, first-team member James Wilson was visibly in pain before being taken off at half-time and although it was a pre-scheduled substitution on his road to recovery, getting a further set-back with another injury was not expected.

Midfielder Josh Harrop also had to be substituted just before half-time and walked straight down the tunnel. He was having a battling game before he injured himself and would be a real blow for him if he had to miss out on international duty with England’s Under-20s.

Fellow midfielder Ben Pearson also went down and signalled to the bench he was injured before gritting his teeth to come back on. It was a testament to his fighting spirit as a player but there are obviously concerns he could be set for another spell on the sidelines.

As for the first-team, United are now left with only two fit strikers available for selection against Everton in Robin van Persie and Radamel Falcao as Rooney is suspended and Wilson is injured. Both have not been firing on all cylinders so far this season either so fans will be hoping for improved performances for both.

In defence, the news that Phil Jones could return a week ahead of schedule is welcome but whether he is fit enough to go straight into a tough game against Everton remains to be seen. As it stands, Jonny Evans and Chris Smalling are also ruled out but Tyler Blackett returns from suspension.

Ander Herrera may have to miss the Everton game through injury as well but there is no official news on that front yet.

Looking further afield the likes of Ashley Young, Marouane Fellaini, Michael Carrick, Reece James and Jesse Lingard are all still unavailable for selection.

United have just about managed to cope with the injuries but it is certainly making progress more difficult and although some players are close to returning, fresh injuries continue to keep popping up.

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