Anders Lindegaard in line to face Arsenal next weekend

Anders Lindegaard set for first Manchester United start in over six months. (©GettyImages)

Anders Lindegaard is poised to make his first Manchester United appearance in over six months when Louis van Gaal's side take on Arsenal in the Premier League next weekend if David De Gea fails to recover from the dislocated finger he suffered on international duty with Spain earlier this week.

The 24-year-old stopper missed La Roja's 3-0 Euro 2016 qualifying victory over Belarus last night after picking up an injury in training with Vicente del Bosque's squad on Friday, ahead of the crucial Group C encounter in Huelva.

De Gea is also set to be absent from Tuesday's friendly against world champions Germany, raising doubts about his prospective fitness for the forthcoming domestic encounter at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday.

Recent speculation has suggested that the Spanish stopper's setback could prompt a deal being offered to former Barcelona star Victor Valdes, who has been training with the Red Devils as he continues his recovery from the cruciate ligament injury suffered at Camp Nou last season.

However, according to the Sunday Telegraph, Louis van Gaal is not planning to rush a contract offer for the 32-year-old, and instead will hand his current back-up goalkeeper the chance to show he is capable of deputising for De Gea.

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Lindegaard - who is thought to earn £40,000-a-week at Old Trafford - has not featured for Manchester United since April, in a clash against Newcastle United, but is set to be rewarded for his patience with a recall to the starting XI.

Valdes tweeted earlier this week that he is "almost ready" to return to action, but Van Gaal still has serious doubts about the veteran's ability to reintegrated straight back into elite level football, and as a result will take a cautious approach to managing his comeback.

A final decision is yet to be made over the veteran's future in England, which paves way for Lindegaard to seize his opportunity and stake a claim for regular inclusion in the Dutch coach's team.

De Gea faces up to four weeks out if the dislocation is as bad as first feared, but Manchester United medics will assess the situation upon the former Atletico Madrid star's return to Carrington next week.

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