However, van Gaal insisted that the trio will have to prove their fitness in the U21s before coming back into the first team.
Fellaini has been struggling with a hamstring injury, Valencia has been recovering from surgery on a foot complaint and Jones picked up a ankle sprain last month. Van Gaal insisted the three players are on their way back:
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) March 4, 2016
More from the boss: "We have to let the players who are coming back play in the second team." #mufc
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) 4 March 2016
United haven’t missed the trio too much, as the likes of Timothy Fosu-Mensah, Marcus Rashford and Guillermo Varela have impressed after making the step up in recent weeks.
Time is running out for Jones, in particular, as he bids to prove his long-term fitness at Old Trafford. The Englishman has been sidelined far too often over the course of his United career and patience may wear thin if he gets injured again.