Manchester United have some had welcome relief with injuries after Louis van Gaal confirmed Jonny Evans, Jesse Lingard, Ashley Young and Michael Carrick have begun light training after being sidelined with injury.
Evans has been ruled out since going off against Leicester City and Young has been missing after suffering an injury in training, while Lingard and Carrick have been long term injuries this season.
Not all four players are considered to be in United’s best starting XI but Van Gaal will just be pleased to have more options in his squad: “It was very disappointing to see Ander Herrera suffering a fractured rib, which has added to our injury list at a time when I thought we were seeing a very dim light at the end of the tunnel in terms of injuries,” Van Gaal said.
“Marouane Fellaini is now back in full training, while Ashley Young, Michael Carrick, Chris Smalling and Phil Jones have started to do some light training. Anderson is making progress, while I am also pleased to report that Jesse Lingard has had his protective knee brace removed and Jonny Evans’ protective boot has also been removed. Both players will return to light training in the coming days.
“After today’s match, we have a good two-week period during the international break before our next match, and that will give us some valuable time to try to get these players back into full training and back to full fitness.”
Evans and Carrick are the two players who Van Gaal will want back as soon as possible for different reasons. Evans’ experience is needed at the back but he’ll need to stay fit for a prolonged period if he is to have any real positive impact on United’s defence.
As for Carrick, he is the perfect player to help United see out the last 30 minutes of a game with a lead. Van Gaal has bemoaned United’s ability to keep possession and slow the game down instead of constantly attacking, something which Carrick will be able to provide.
The two week break is frustrating because of the lack of football but it is giving plenty of United’s squad time to recover from injuries which could work to our advantage.