Manchester United will be licking their wounds after their shock 1-0 defeat at Norwich last weekend. But the Red Devils will be boosted by the imminent return of David De Gea, Wayne Rooney and Phil Jones.
It is understood the trio will likely feature in their visit to Galatasaray in midweek in their penultimate Group H Champion’s League fixture which, due to already having qualified for the knockout rounds, is purely a formality.
Rooney has recovered from a brief bout of Tonsillitis, which saw him left out of the squad that lost to Norwich City – his unavailability was regarded by some as the main reason for United’s lack-lustre performance, despite starts from Robin van Persie and Javier Hernandez.
David De Gea has returned following a routine procedure to remove two wisdom teeth and Phil Jones’ comeback after missing the entire season so far since suffering a back injury.
His return spells the end of what has been a cumbersome defensive headache for United boss Sir Alex Ferguson who has been lumbered for the majority of the season so far with a back-four selection dilemma due to injuries to captain Nemanja Vidic, along with spells out for Chis Smalling and Jonny Evans.
Rio Ferdinand is the only staple of the backline which has uncharacteristically leaked goals this season – 17 conceded in 12 games played.
De Gea’s availability will no doubt bring back more stability, as his understudy Anders Lindegaard has been unconvincing at times between the sticks.
United still await the return of Nemanja Vidic who it is thought will be unlikely to be back until after Christmas, after suffering a knee ligament injury which ruled him out for 8 weeks initially, and then a subsequent setback.
They also await the return of Shinji Kagawa – the new signing made a fairly impressive start to his first season in the Premier League but sustained a knee injury in late October, which ruled him out a month.
He is now also understood to have fallen victim to a setback in his recover and will likely miss another three to four weeks on top of his initial recovery times estimates.
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