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Manchester United to welcome back six stars by December

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Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal is getting ready to welcome back as many as six first-team stars to training as the club's injury crisis finally shows signs of easing up.

According to the London Evening Standard, Radamel Falcao is just one of six Manchester United players that could return to the set-up by December. Falcao has been out of action for five weeks with several different injuries.

It had been hoped that he would be fit to face Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday evening, but the former-Atletico star missed out as United won the match 2-1 thanks to goals from Wayne Rooney and a Kieran Gibbs OG.

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There had been concerns over Falcao's ability to stay fit to make a difference for Uniited, and those fears have been realised so far in his brief stay at Old Trafford.

United have a clause to make the transfer permanent but van Gaal hinted that they may not exercise that right if Falcao continues to miss chunks of the season.

Away from Falcao, van Gaal will also be welcoming back Marcos Rojo, Rafael da Silva, Phil Jones, Jonny Evans and Jesse Lingard over the next few weeks.

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By mid-December, barring any fresh injuries, Manchester United will almost have a full compliment of players to choose from, which will be perfect timing for the packed winter fixture list.

The only concerns surround Luke Shaw, who was replaced against Arsenal after just 15 minutes with an ankle injury, and Daley Blind. Manchester United's official Twitter account sparked mild panic when it tweeted out that Blind could be out for up to six months earlier this month.

That is not the case, although the Dutch international is currently sidelined with a knee problem and could miss several weeks.

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