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Man Utd hoping quintet including Smalling, Martial can ease injury woes

Manchester United are about to be boosted by a number of returning players.

The Red Devils have endured a high number of casualties in the dressing room in recent months but that issue is about to ease with news that the likes of Marouane Fellaini, Antonio Valencia, Chris Smalling, Anthony Martial and Matteo Darmian are on the verge of returning.

Louis van Gaal suggests that some of these could be fit enough to play some part in Wednesday night's clash with Watford but there is no fresh news on captain Wayne Rooney who remains sidelined with a knee problem.

"Fellaini and Valencia are the first ones to come back, I think, except of course Martial, Smalling and Darmian," the Dutchman said.

"They are coming back and may be ready tomorrow - it depends on how they feel tomorrow.

"But the chance is there that one of these three players (can) already play, but Fellaini shall come in the last step to the process of team training.

"And also Valencia, for the first time today has trained with the group, so they are coming back. (Wayne) Rooney is still in a brace."

Andrew Slevison
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