In an interview with MUTV, Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson indicated that the trio of Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez, Darren Fletcher, and Antonio Valencia may all feature for the Reserves side in the near future. During the club's preseason tour through the United States, Chicharito suffered from a concussion in training, one that has caused him to miss the season's beginning. It was later revealed that the young Mexican striker has had a history of head trauma, thus, the club has taken a cautious approach. Here is what Ferguson had to say about Chicharito:
"Maybe we'll get Chicha a game in the Reserves. He's now in full training with and we'll look at him in a week's time. He's coming along fine and should be back in a couple of weeks."
Since the latter half of last season, Fletcher has suffered from a mysterious virus that has sapped him of his fitness. After recovering just enough at season's end to make the bench for the UEFA Champions League final in May, the Scot had an apparent setback over the summer and did not travel with the club to the United States. During the past week, Fletcher played the full 90 minutes in a Reserves match and his manager indicated that he will play once again for them.
After the jump are Fergie's quotes on Fletcher and Valencia...
"Fletch needs another game in the Reserves. He's doing well in training , he's got his physique back and is putting weight back on. He did okay on Monday but it was maybe not the best game as the lads took it as a nice friendly match. There was hardly any tackling in the match but he's come through it and has been doing well in training. He's not far away. He had a terrible time with that virus, although we got him on the bench at Wembley for the final. I don't think he was 100% for it but I think he deserved to be there and sometimes, with subs, you can do these things."
Valencia suffered a horrific ankle break early last season in a Champions League tie versus Rangers. He valiantly returned for the run-in and was first-choice for the final at Wembley versus FC Barcelona. However, the Ecuadorian winger re-injured his ankle while on national team duty this past summer during Copa America. The injury was not nearly as damaging as the past one but it was enough for him to miss the club's preseason tour and the early portion of the current season. Here is what the United boss had to say about Valencia:
"With Valencia, we wanted him playing on Monday, but he thought he needed another few days, which was understandable. He's trained very, very well and will probably play on Thursday (for the Reserves)"
With the quality depth of the squad, and with only one match per week at this point of the season, there is no need to rush back any of those players. However, when each is available for selection again, they will have a fight for first-choice spots. Chicharito will have to compete against the emerging Danny Welbeck and last season's co-Golden Boot winner Dimitar Berbatov for the right to partner Wayne Rooney up front. Fletcher will have to compete against youngsters Anderson and Tom Cleverley, along with the experienced Michael Carrick and Ryan Giggs. With the tremendous form of Nani and Ashley Young at the moment, and with Park Ji-sung also available, Valencia will find it a difficult fight to reclaim his spot on the right flank. For supporters, this is a good problem to have.