International breaks are bleak and useless things. No one can really be bothered to care that much about the football, and it seems the only thing these mid-season national team fixtures ever reliably provide is ill-timed injuries. Fortunately for Manchester United though, for once the squad may actually end the break in better shape than it started. A number of previously injured players have been pictured in training this week.
United’s most in-form player, Anthony Martial, pulled out of national team duty with France with a minor injury, but is now back in training and presumably available for the weekend. The striker was pictured alongside promising right-back Diogo Dalot, who also declared himself fit again for selection. Dalot’s return is timely; Luke Shaw is suspended for Saturday’s clash against Crystal Palace, meaning that Ashley Young will almost certainly vacate his right-back spot for the opposite flank.
Marouane Fellaini and his stupid haircut were both pictured in training as well, although doubt remains over the availability of fellow midfielder Paul Pogba. Pogba missed the Manchester derby loss with an injury he picked up against Juventus, and like Martial, was forced to withdraw from the France squad.
In central defense, José Mourinho appears to have a full complement of players from which to choose. Long term absentees Marcos Rojo and Phil Jones have both returned to training. Victor Lindelöf was forced off early in Sweden’s match against Turkey with illness, but returned in the next match to complete 90 minutes, and even score a goal for good measure.
Romelu Lukaku returned to Carrington early with a hamstring issue, and there is no update yet as to his fitness for Saturday.