Manchester United injury woes ease ahead of Leicester clash

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Manchester Untied's injury crisis is starting to ease, with defender Chris Smalling due back in action this weekend.

That means boss Louis van Gaal now has only six players sidelined ahead of the clash against Leicester this weekend, down from the nine who missed the win over QPR six days ago.


Chris Smalling's return is a major boost for Manchester United who have looked short of options at the back ever since the start of the season. The England international had limped off with a groin complaint in the 1-1 draw against Sunderland last month.

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However he now looks to have recovered and is fit to take part in the fixture at the King Power stadium this weekend. Manchester United were forced to field a makeshift centre-back duo of Jonny Evans and Tyler Blackett, and it is likely that the latter will be relegated down to the bench despite his impressive performances since breaking into the first team.


Speaking at a press conference earlier today Van Gaal there was more positive news on the injury front for Manchester United fans: "I'm very happy you asked me that question, I only have six injuries now. Smalling is back."

The Red Devils will be hoping for their second consecutive win after claiming a much needed morale boosting win against QPR at Old Trafford last weekend. Record signing Angel di Maria was the man of the moment then, opening the scoring from a free-kick while also having a hand in the three other goals. 

He could be joined by fellow new signing Radamel Falcao this weekend. The Colombian, who is on loan from Monaco for the remainder of the season, made his debut from the bench against QPR, but could be handed a starting spot in place of Robin van Persie against Nigel Pearson's side.

Game time

One forward who has been short of game time this season is Adnan Januzaj. It's been reported he could go out on loan in January having not started a league game so far this season, but Van Gaal says the Belgian international is likely to get more chances when he switches his tactics to a 4-3-3 formation in the coming weeks.

“When we play 4-3-3, for example, then he should have maybe more chances," the Dutch boss said. "It is always dependable on the system that we play. When I have changed my system, he has played.”

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