David de Gea could make his return to competitive football after Spain manager Vicente del Bosque confirmed he was in the right condition to play.
The goalkeeper has yet to play for Manchester United this season after Louis van Gaal claiming he was too distracted by his prospective transfer to Real Madrid.
Having come so close to completing his dream move to the Bernabeu, only to see it breakdown deep into the 11th hour, few expect De Gea to return to the Red Devils line-up any time soon.
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Manchester United's next Premier League game sees them take on Liverpool at Old Trafford. Last season, the same fixture saw De Gea produce a string on stunning saves, helping the Red Devils to a 3-0 victory.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers will certainly be hoping to see the Spaniard in his growingly familiar seat in the Old Trafford executive box. However, Del Bosque claims De Gea is ready to return to action.
Ready to play
“He (De Gea) is in condition to play,” Del Bosque said, according to The Telegraph. “We have talked with him and he is fine. I do not know if he will play or not, but he is OK and that’s all I wanted to know.
“He is a mature guy and is ready to play without suffering any burden of what happened. I have talked to him. I did not want to give him any advice because many people have already done it.
“I just asked whether he was in condition to play and he told me yes. Nothing else. We have a big squad and we must rotate it.”
There is a chance that, following the comments, De Gea could play his first competitive match of the season against Macedonia.
Iker Casillas was preferred to De Gea for the crucial game against Slovakia, but Del Bosque hinted that the squad will be rotated for the game in Skopje.
“There are just a few hours to rest between the games and it’s normal to make some changes,” Del Bosque said.
“There is little difference between those who played (against Slovakia) and those who didn’t play and it is important to use the entire squad.”