Friday 16 October 2015

Boss delivers injury update ahead of Goodison clash

Louis van Gaal provided an injury update on numerous United players in Friday's press conference ahead of Saturday's league match away at Everton. 

Wayne Rooney and Michael Carrick did not feature in either of England's Euro 2016 qualifiers against Estonia and Lithuania due to slight injury problems, but van Gaal says both are fit to face the Toffees. 

Phil Jones is also available after registering 90 minutes for the Three Lions on Monday night. 

"Wayne Rooney, I think he can play and Michael Carrick also" van Gaal told MUTV
"I was very pleased with Jones, yes of course he is fit because he has already played for me two times for 15 or 20 minutes.
"Then he plays for the England team, so when I want to select him I can include him in my selection for the line-up."

Bastian Schweinsteiger was hurt in the warm-up for Germany's match against the Republic of Ireland in Dublin and missed the 1-0 defeat, as well as the world champions subsequent 2-1 win over Georgia in Leipzig, but the 31-year old appears set to feature at Goodison Park after van Gaal did not list him as injured.

Paddy McNair endured mixed emotions during the international break as he helped Northern Ireland qualify for a first major tournament since the 1986 World Cup with a 3-1 win over Greece, before sustaining a serious-looking injury during the 1-1 draw with Finland that secured top spot in Group F.

During his pre-match press conference at the Aon Training Complex, van Gaal also revealed Ashley Young picked up a problem against Arsenal last time out and is therefore unavailable.

Meanwhile, Marcos Rojo and Ander Herrera stayed in Manchester during the international break to continue their rehabilitation from injury and both are available this weekend, although neither are possibly yet ready to complete a full match. 

"They were injured and they have a recovery period behind their back and everything went well" the boss confirmed to MUTV.
"They are also fit to play- maybe not for 90 minutes but you never know." Van Gaal added. 

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