Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea could feature for the first time this summer against Barcelona on Saturday, reports the club's official site.
De Gea is yet to feature on United's tour of the US after sustaining a minor injury in training, however Red Devils chief Louis van Gaal has admitted that he hopes the shot-stopper will feature against the Catalans.
United, of course, have secured two wins from two in pre-season so far after picking up victories over the duo of Club America and San Jose Earthquakes.
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With Anders Lindegaard also out injured, youngster Sam Johnston played the full 90 minutes against San Jose Earthquakes last night, but the club's No.1 could return to the line-up sooner rather than later.
“I have a good hope that he can play against Barcelona but he was still injured,” van Gaal stated in his post-match press conference.
“But Lindegaard was also injured so it was difficult. I told David to go stand in the goal so we have a point of direction for my attackers, but don’t do anything to risk more injury because we have to build you up. I hope that he can play and I think he can play.”
De Gea, of course, last featured for the Red Devils on their penultimate game of the 2014/15 season against rivals Arsenal, so will no doubt be hoping to prove his fitness over the coming weeks.
The future of the Manchester United 'keeper, of course, has been the subject of much debate for some time now, with Spanish giants Real Madrid seemingly ready to him back to La Liga.
He should stay at United
There's no doubt about it, the Spaniard has a huge decision to make, as he goes in search of making a success of his career. Ultimately, though, he should opt to stay on at Old Trafford, for now.
In Manchester, De Gea is quickly establishing himself as one of the leading young 'keepers in world football, so should gain another year of experience on English soil before heading back to the capital.
It makes sense for everyone involved, too. Real Madrid would land the shot-stopper on a free transfer next summer, while United officials would be handed a great deal of time to find the ideal replacement. One thing's for sure, the De Gea saga will no doubt drag on for some time to come...
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