Friday 1 April 2016

Shaw and Rooney to resume training but Basti out for season

Louis van Gaal has revealed that Luke Shaw will begin training with a physio on Monday and stated that Wayne Rooney is "doing well" in his own recovery and will soon feature for the Under 21's.

Shaw has missed all but eight games of the season since his double fracture of the leg during the Champions League defeat at PSV in September and the England full-back has been working hard on his rehabilitation ever since. 

Captain Rooney has not featured since picking up an knee injury in the 2-1 defeat at Sunderland on February, but said in midweek that he hopes to resume full training in the coming days.

"Wayne is doing great, he has more or less the same injury as Basti (Schweinsteiger) has now, today he has trained on a lower level with a little bit of ball training, so it going very good for him" said his manager on Friday.

Asked specifically about Shaw, the United boss continued with another positive bulletin.

"Monday, he shall be back on the training pitch for the first time but with a physio, not a start with a trainer as Wayne is doing.
"Of course he has to build fitness but we hope he shall play before the end of the season- maybe it shall be for the Under 21 team."

Ander Herrera missed United's two matches against Liverpool in the Europa League, and the Manchester derby with a groin injury, but Van Gaal confirmed that the Spaniard- along with Ashley Young- is edging closer to a first-team return.

"They are coming back" added the boss.
"Young and Adnan (Januzaj) played for the Reserves last Friday in a training game during the international break so a lot of players are coming back and this is good for me".

There was less positive news concerning Bastian Schweinsteiger however.

The 31-year-old midfielder sustained knee damage while on international duty with Germany ahead of last week's friendly against England.

With eight league matches remaining, there is concern that 'Basti' will struggle to reappear this term but no timeframe was given on his recovery, even if Van Gaal admitted it might be difficult for him to play at Euro 2016 in France.

Will Keane remains United's only other injury absentee. 

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