Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera is hopeful of returning to action on Boxing Day after missing Saturday's 1-1 draw against Aston Villa because of injury.
The Spanish midfielder revealed on Instagram that he is suffering from a 'small muscular problem', but that he hopes to be back for the Red Devils as soon as possible.
“Great job guys! One more point that keeps us at the top. I could not help the team by a small muscular problem, but soon will be ready again.”
In Herrera's absence, Manchester United came from behind to secure a point against the 10-man Villains, with Radamel Falcao heading home the equaliser after Christian Benteke's first-half opener and Gabriel Agbonlahor's red card.
The result leaves Louis van Gaal's side seven points off the pace, with Manchester City currently in second and Chelsea courtesy of their superior goal difference. Their game in hand is against Stoke tonight (Monday).
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Manchester United face Newcastle on December 26th, and Herrera can expect to face a late fitness test before the clash at Old Trafford.
If the 25-year-old does not make it for the clash against the Toon, he will have two days to get fit for the trip to White Hart Lane to face Tottenham Hotspur. Failing that, a trip to Stoke awaits on New Year's Day.