Radamel Falcao among several Manchester United players still recovering from injury…
Manchester United striker Radamel Falcao is unlikely to be fit for the Red Devils crucial Premier League clash with Arsenal, which takes place on the next weekend of domestic fixtures a week on Saturday.
According to reports in the Guardian, United manager Louis van Gaal will not be able to call on Falcao, Jonny Evans, Phil Jones or Rafael Da Silva when he selects his team for the game at the Emirates Stadium.
Falcao has a calf injury, Evans a foot problem, Da Silva a muscular complaint, and Jones is recovering from a shin problem. All the issues are severe enough that they might not even make the bench in North London.
Asked if any of the quartet might return, Van Gaal said: “No, I don’t think so because now some of them have already not played for five, six, seven weeks.
“They could sit on the bench because they can play 20 minutes but I cannot put a lot of players who are not 100% fit on the bench. You saw what happened with [Paddy] McNair [getting cramp against Crystal Palace] because the rhythm of the game is very high in the Premier League.”
Meanwhile, Robin van Persie has picked up a minor problem and is unavailable for Holland’s friendly with Mexico on Wednesday, although there is confidence that the United striker can return for Sunday’s Euro 2016 qualifier with Latvia.
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