Bastian Schweinsteiger has arrived back in Manchester having flown back from international duty with Germany.
The Manchester United midfielder didn’t play for Germany in either of their games against Republic of Ireland or Georgia but they were able to qualify for Euro 2016 without him.
He didn’t play because of an adductor muscle injury which he picked up ahead of the Republic of Ireland match and although he returned to training before Germany played Georgia, Joachim Low decided not to risk him.
Back in Manchester! pic.twitter.com/wR6ECyqenF
— Bastian Schweinsteiger (@BSchweinsteiger) October 14, 2015
The concern for Man United is that Schweinsteiger will now not be fit for Everton this week. Even if he is able to return to training straight away, he won’t be match sharp after not playing at all during the international break and Louis van Gaal is a stickler for not playing somebody unless their ‘rhythm’ is right.
Aside from the Arsenal game where he was strangely played in a more advanced midfield role, Schweinsteiger’s controlling influence has been very important for Man United this season and losing him, especially with Michael Carrick also sidelined, would be a big blow.
Ander Herrera‘s fitness is also in doubt which leaves Morgan Schneiderlin as the only natural central midfielder who is certain to be available for Everton, so long as training goes well this week (touch wood).
Injuries plagued van Gaal at the start of last season and United fans are beginning to worry as they are creeping back in.