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Louis van Gaal: Injury update on Antonio Valencia and Bastian Schweinsteiger ahead of Liverpool game


Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal says Antonio Valencia and Bastian Schweinsteiger are ready to make their long-awaited comeback from injury.

The two could be on the bench for today's Europa League game against Liverpool.

Striker Wayne Rooney continues on the sidelines but could be back in the first week of April.

"Antonio Valencia and Bastian Schweinsteiger are coming back," van Gaal said.

"I think a lot of players shall come back in the month of March. But when they come back, it is not so easy to decide if they can cope with the rhythm of a match because they are fit to train with us.

"For example, Schweinsteiger has only had one training session with us behind his back. Valencia has a week [behind him] so he is much closer to being on the bench, for example, but not to play a match as that's different.

"I don't think [any new players will be available] but Valencia is fit enough to be on the bench, but to play 90 minutes, I don't think so.

"I shall always make my line-up in my eyes as the strongest line-up to play against the opponent. Nevertheless, I put youngsters sometimes in the line-up but then I think it's the best solution.

"I also have to cope with the busy schedule so sometimes I spare and rotate players because of that."

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