Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera is enjoying his time off with his family during the international break and recuperating for a crucial part of the season.
The 26-year-old is still waiting for his first call-up to the Spain national squad and can feel hard done by that he has not broken into the team just yet. Herrera has been on top form for Man United this season and would have been hopeful for the opportunity to represent his country for the first time.
Spain beat England 2-0 in their first friendly in Alicante but the game was overshadowed by an injury to Michael Carrick towards the end of the second half. The midfielder seems to have damaged his ankle ligaments and could be out of action for quite some time, which, ironically, could be exactly what Herrera needs to make a claim for a place in the Spanish side.
With Carrick spending sometime on the sidelines, it means United’s options in midfield are limited. With Marouane Fellaini suffering from an injury as well, Herrera could be deployed in a holding midfield role due to a lack of options. With Carrick on the treatment table, the former Athletic Bilbao man can expect more opportunities at Old Trafford.
Herrera will be hoping to make the most of his chance and continue his good form for United. More playing time for the Reds could see him start a good run and get him into Vicente Del Bosque’s thinking ahead of Spain defending their crown as European Champions in France next summer.