Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has received a timely boost ahead of Sunday's Premier League clash against Chelsea following news that the recent injury sustained by Angel di Maria is not as bad as first feared, and the winger will be fit to start at Old Trafford this weekend.
The Daily Express reports that there were concerns about the £59.7 million club-record signing's fitness when he limped out of the Red Devils' 2-2 draw with West Bromwich Albion on Monday night, and was seen to be in clear discomfort as he placed an icepack on his groin after retreating to The Hawthorns bench.
However, after undergoing tests and some light treatment at Manchester United's Carrington training ground earlier this week, the Argentina international is set to make a full recovery, with the damage said to be little more than a minor niggle.
Although the club is yet to make any official comment on the South American's status, it's believed that Van Gaal is confident the player can be included in his first-team plans when Jose Mourinho's side arrive in Manchester this weekend.
It was Ashley Young that replaced Di Maria in the second-half of Monday's game against the Baggies, but he failed to fill onlookers with much confidence after another underwhelming performance.
With that in mind, Red Devils fans will be delighted to hear that Di Maria is fit for selection against Chelsea, as it will improve their chances of getting something from the game against the Premier League leaders.
The Blues are already ten points clear of Manchester United after just eight games, and victory for them on Sunday will put further light between themselves and Van Gaal's side.
In truth, it's been another disappointing start to 2014/15 for Manchester United, who are yet to win on the road, and have tasted victory just three times this season.
Three points against Chelsea could go some way to kick-starting their campaign, but with the visitors unbeaten - seven wins and one draw - and looking in imperious form, the Dutch coach will know the difficulty of the task that awaits.
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