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Louis van Gaal: Injury update on Anthony Martial, Marouane Fellaini and Matteo Darmian


Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal says a number of key players could be back in squad for today's game against Watford.

Anthony Martial, Matteo Darmian and Chris Smalling are all expected to make their comeback after spending weeks on the sidelines due to injury.

The three will be assessed this morning as the Red Devils continue their quest for a Top Four finish.

"Players are coming back in March, I think," van Gaal told MUTV.

"We need players who are coming back because our programme is very full.

"[Anthony] Martial can play and also Darmian can play. Maybe Chris Smalling can play. We have to wait and see for tomorrow.

"We have to build players up.

"You have seen how I did it with Marcos Rojo - 20 minutes and, the second time, 60 minutes, though he did not reach that. So it's not so easy. Playing in the second team is also a possibility.

"It was a kick [for Rojo]. A lot of players receive kicks and they can play the next match.

"[Marouane] Fellaini and [Antonio] Valencia are the first ones to come back, I think.

"Except, of course, Martial and Smalling and [Matteo] Darmian - they are coming back, maybe already tomorrow. It depends how they feel tomorrow, but the chance is there that one of these three players already plays.

"Fellaini shall come into the last step of the process of team training, and also Valencia today has trained with the group, so they are coming back.

"Wayne Rooney is still in a brace."

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