Manchester United has received positive news from their physios that Ander Herrera’s injury may not seem as bad as initially claimed.
The Spaniard picked up a rib injury against West Ham United last weekend and was substituted in the 74th minute.
And while it was initially feared that he could be sidelined for up to five weeks, reports coming from the physiotherapy room is that he might be available for selection for games in less than three weeks.
The loss of Herrera will show in this weekend’s game against Everton because he has just started to gel with the team, providing assists as well as scoring two goals in his last three premier league matches.
If missing the 25-year old midfielder for a week alone is quite unbearable for Louis Van Gaal, then, imagine him being sidelined for more than a month.
It will just be too much for the Dutch manager to bear even if he has other players at his disposal.
No manager will be happy that players he assumed to be pivot in the team suddenly are left out of selection due to injuries.
Anybody that has watched Herrera in past weeks for Manchester United will definitely know how important the Spaniard is starting to be for the Old Trafford outfit.
His imaginative passes are reminiscent of the days of Paul Scholes.
And check out his goals too. He scores from outside the box just like Scholes himself.
Manchester will be happy that the international break coming up after this weekend’s games will give the injured Spaniard the much needed time to rest and recuperate from his injury.
There is no possibility of him being involved for Spain in the forthcoming qualifiers.
And he might just well be available for the game against West Bromwich Albion before facing Chelsea and Manchester City in the successive weeks after that.
Manchester United has been blighted by a number of injuries and it does not tend to stop.
Hardly a week of action goes by without the Red Devils losing one or two of the personnel to injuries.
This does not seem good enough considering the fact the new era of Van Gaal has been perceived as a building time.
Losing players to injuries while trying to blend a set of new intakes will sure not be a pleasant adventure for any club most especially for a club like Manchester United that is ambitious of breaking back into the top four this season.
Fellaini has been sidelined for up to five weeks now and the club has received a major boost on the training ground with reports suggesting that the Belgian is likely to be available for team selection for the coming weekend.
He suffered an ankle injury in training after the season opener against Swansea in August.
While he was initially deemed surplus to requirements, Van Gaal will silently be thanking his stars that he has him available for possible selection.
And who knows, the rejected stone might at the end of the day be the cornerstone.
Fellaini’s time last season is really not encouraging but so also was all other players in the team.
The Fellaini I know in Everton two seasons back does not seem to be the same one presently in Manchester United and the earlier he makes impact in games for the Dutch manager, the better for his career at Old Trafford.
If not, he might find himself out of Manchester United sooner than later.