Ander Herrera hands Manchester United unexpected injury boost

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Ander Herrera and Marouane Fellaini look to have at last handed Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal some positive fitness news as the Dutchman's squad continue to struggle through an injury crisis at Old Trafford.

The Red Devils have been besieged by health problems of late, with Van Gaal - who will be without Wayne Rooney for the entirety of October due to the red card he collected during Saturday's tight win over West Ham - unable to call on several first-team players during the club's somewhat underwhelming start to the new season.

However, Manchester United supporters can at least take heart from the latest reports from the Daily Mail, which confirm that Fellaini has now returned to training and that summer signing Herrera has given assurances that he will be fit to play once again just two weeks after the upcoming international break.

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Herrera surprise

While a return for Fellaini - whose brief substitute cameo against Swansea City on the opening day is his only appearance of the 2014/15 campaign to date - had long been expected following an ankle problem initially sustained in training, Herrera's potentially swift recovery is more of a surprise.

The Spanish midfielder - a £28 million capture from Athletic - suffered a fractured rib against the Hammers and was initially feared to be facing at least six weeks on the sidelines.

Such an injury is the second Herrera has been hit with already this year, with the 25-year-old also having been forced to miss three games last month with an ankle issue of his own.

Van Gaal will certainly not want to rush him back, of course, but he will surely be hugely encouraged by the player's confidence that he will not require a lengthier spell on the treatment table.

Everton trip

Manchester United face Everton on Sunday in what is their final fixture before the latest round of Euro 2016 qualifiers take centre stage.

The visit of his former club is believed to have come too early for Fellaini to feature, but Phil Jones - who has been absent since picking up a hamstring strain in England's 2-0 victory over Switzerland last month - is believed to be in contention to start instead over youngster Paddy McNair.

Jonny Evans remains out of action but Van Gaal will be able to call upon young Tyler Blackett once again following the completion of a one-match suspension received thanks to a rash, last-ditch tackle on Jamie Vardy during the humiliating 5-3 defeat to newly-promoted Leicester City.

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