Victor Valdes is unlikely to prove his fitness before the end of the year, according to the Daily Mail.
The Barcelona hero, who is currently training with Manchester United, looks set to complete a move to the Old Trafford outfit in the near future, but it appears that he's still struggling with injury.
In fact, it has been reported that Manchester United sources have claimed that a number of tests have been done on the goalkeeper, with it being suggested that he's still struggling with the posterior cruciate injury that has kept him out of action since the start of the year.
It still appears, however, that United will complete a deal to keep him at the Theatre of Dreams, but that may not be given the green light until early 2015.
Red Devils boss Louis van Gaal is seemingly in no rush to sign the 32-year-old, despite the report revealing that he's told Danish shot-stopper Anders Lindegaard to find a new club. Lindegaard hasn't featured under the new regime in a competitive match this season and his time at the club seems to be coming to an end.
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In truth, the Danish 'keeper has failed to stamp his mark on the side because of David de Gea's inspired form. Manchester United's Player of the Year for last season has once again been outstanding between the sticks throughout this campaign and is undisputedly the club's No.1
With Valdes still on the sidelines, United fans may well worry that if Lindegaard departs the club then they won't have any real back-up for De Gea.
Ben Amos chance?
However, the same report has revealed that Van Gaal would turn to 24-year-old outcast Ben Amos, who has struggled for opportunities at the club throughout his career.
Amos, despite making his debut for the Red Devils in 2008, has made just seven competitive appearances for the club after a number of spells out on loan. There's no doubt about it, though, Manchester United fans will be hoping that De Gea stays fit throughout the course of the campaign.