Herrera could wear 'corset' against West Brom – Van Gaal

The midfielder fractured his rib against Everton earlier this month, with a three-week spell on the sidelines initially expected, but is in contention for the Monday clash


Ander Herrera could be forced to wear a chest brace when Manchester United face West Brom on Monday.

The midfielder fractured a rib against Everton in early October and was expected to be out for three weeks as a result.

But Herrera has been passed fit to play on Monday, though manager Louis van Gaal has not confirmed he will select the Spaniard.

“Herrera is a fit player and he only had a rib fracture, so we can play him with a corset,” Van Gaal told reporters.

“Then he can play. But, of course, I have to select him first.”

Elsewhere, fellow midfielder Michael Carrick is back in contention after recovering from ankle surgery, but Van Gaal is wary of rushing him back into first-team action.

He continued: “[Carrick] needs match rhythm and, until now, he has not played a match so we have to give him a chance to play a match.

“Maybe next Friday with the second squad [against West Ham]. Maybe we’ll use him on the bench [on Monday] but I don’t know.”

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