There’s been plenty of doom and gloom around Manchester United this week when it comes to injury news but it looks as though they are about to receive a massive boost.
The Red Devils looked to be without 10 players for their game against Arsenal, but David De Gea, who dislocated a finger during the international break, has an 80% chance of playing according to the Daily Mail.
It had initially been reported that De Gea could be out of action for up to for up to four weeks with the injury that kept him out of Spain's 1-0 defeat against Germany last evening and their win over Belarus.
However he will be assessed upon his return to Manchester United and if the swelling around the injured area has reduced sufficiently then he will take to the pitch at the Emirates Stadium.
If he is unable to play then Anders Lindegaard will take his place in goal for the game against the Gunners.
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De Gea: Valdes isn't my replacement
De Gea insists Victor Valdes isn’t at Old Trafford as his replacement. Valdes has been training with the Red Devils during his rehabilitation from injury following the end of his contract with Barcelona, and could complete a move to Manchester United when he has proved his fitness.
De Gea meanwhile has been heavily linked with a move to Real Madrid and has just two years remaining on his contract at Old Trafford. However he insists he’s happy, and that Valdes’ arrival is just a coincidence.
"Yes, my contract runs out in 2016. But they didn't sign him for that", he told AS TV. "Victor had a difficult injury, he had a bad time and the boss knows him well and has given him the opportunity to recover there.
Yes, Victor is training over in Manchester -- he's still not 100 percent after his injury. When he is fully fit he will start to train with us. He's still not training in goal with us. From time to time he comes out with the goalkeeping coach, but very little still.
"Van Gaal knows him well because he gave Victor his debut at Barca and has a special affection for him and, whenever possible, we have to help where we can. Football is cruel at times, it's difficult. When things go well you're very good and when they go badly... well, it's awful."
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The club confirmed that revenue fell by 9.9% to £88.7m for the three months to the end of September.