Manchester United have been handed a triple injury boost as Paul Scholes, Phil Jones and Nani are all expected to be fit for the upcoming fixtures against Sunderland and Chelsea, according to Sir Alex Ferguson.
The United boss confirmed that the three players should play some part during the busy Easter period, as the Old Trafford club faces key fixtures in both the Premier League and FA Cup.
Nani picked up a hamstring complaint in the FA Cup sixth round game against Chelsea earlier this month, while Jones and Scholes have missed playing time with ankle and knee problems respectively.
But all three could feature against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light after Ferguson confirmed their availability.
“I don’t think there are any injuries from the internationals which is really good news,” Ferguson was quoted as saying on Goal.com.
“There’s a fair bit of tiredness and the answer to that is to make sure we get the energies back in their bodies. So there’s the recovery side to it with not much training.
“There was a fair bit of travel – Chicharito and Valencia only got in [Thursday] afternoon and the English players got back at 05:00 GMT. Other than that, we’re very satisfied.
“Nani, Jones and Scholes are all doing a little bit of training, which is encouraging. Hopefully it will give us a good strong squad to approach the two games on Saturday and Monday.
“We’ll try to keep the momentum going with the run we’re in at the moment. If we do that, Monday will take care of itself.”
United currently sit 15 points clear at the top of the Premier League table, and travel to the north east to face Sunderland on Saturday afternoon.
But they’ve got a quick turnaround before they take on Chelsea in their FA Cup replay at Stamford Bridge on Monday, and Ferguson hinted earlier this week he expects to field two very different squads for the two matches.
The return of Nani, Jones and Scholes is excellent news for the United boss then, giving him greater flexibility and more options.
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