Louis van Gaal has provided a timely boost to Manchester United fans, confirming a number of injured stars have returned to training.
The Dutchman has had to manage his squad through a major injury crisis already this season with up to 10 first team stars missing at one point. Van Gaal went as far to suggest that it was the worst injury crisis he had ever seen in his 23 years in management.
Ashley Young, who earns £115,000-a-week at Old Trafford, is the latest star to return to training following injury and Van Gaal confirmed that as many as seven players will soon be in contention to return to first team action. That follows Marouane Fellaini's first competitive appearance of the season against Everton on Sunday.
The international break has come at the perfect time for Manchester United, who should welcome back four players for the game against West Bromwich Albion.
"Ashley Young, Michael Carrick, Chris Smalling and Phil Jones have started to do some light training," Van Gaal wrote in United Review.
The injury crisis that has held Manchester United back so far this season looks to have peaked. Young impressed during United' pre-season tour in America but has not featured since August with a groin injury.
Carrick has yet to feature in any fixture under Van Gaal after undergoing ankle surgery in July, but trained with the reserves last week. Jones has missed four games with a hamstring injury while his defensive partner Smalling sat out games against West Ham and Everton with a similar affliction.
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Although not expected to return for a while, Van Gaal also confirmed that the longer-term absentees are making good progress.
He continued: "Anderson is making progress, while I am pleased to report that Jesse Lingard has had his protective knee brace removed and Jonny Evans' protective boot has been removed. Both players will return to light training in the coming days."
Ander Herrera is one player who is not expected to return this month after fracturing a rib in a freak collision with referee Lee Mason. However, Luke Shaw, who was forced off through injury against Everton, is expected to join up with England's Under-21 side after recovering from a dead leg.
Herrera is expected to return in around four weeks time.
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