Manchester United will be handed a double injury boost when they visit White Hart Lane to take on Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday (10 April), with Ashley Young and Phil Jones ready to return to the first team following their successful outing with the U21 side on Monday (4 April) against Chelsea. The duo have been out with a groin and an ankle injury respectively and could be included in Louis van Gaal's squad for the clash, with the manager set to give an update during his press briefing on Friday (8 April).
The former Aston Villa winger is one of the most improved players under the Dutchman and has been used in a number of positions during the course of the campaign. Young has found himself playing as a winger, midfielder and as a full-back on both flanks and his return will be a big boost for the rest of the campaign in their battle for the fourth place with Manchester City and West Ham United. Jones, on the other hand, could struggle to break into the starting XI and displace the manager's first choice pairing of Daley Blind and Chris Smalling before the end of the season.
Timothy-Fosu Mensah, who has impressed since breaking into the team in the second-half of the season, is also likely to be ahead of the England international defender following a string of impressive performances in recent weeks. However, Blind is likely to continue at the heart of the defence for their visit to north London after the manager admitted that his early withdrawal during their win over Everton was due to fatigue and not an injury.
Wayne Rooney and Luke Shaw have returned to training but are unlikely to make an immediate return, especially the latter, who is returning from a double leg fracture that has kept him out for most of the season. The Red Devils skipper is set to be given a run out with the U21 side against Middlesbrough the coming week, following which he will return to the first team.
"Daley Blind was taken off during the latter stages of the Everton victory but it remains to be seen whether the Dutchman is injured. Tim Fosu-Mensah deputised for him at centre-back and former Reds midfielder Quinton Fortune has tipped the youngster to start on Sunday if required after an impressive cameo," a statement on the official United site read.
"Ashley Young and Phil Jones both played for the Under-21s on Monday night and are presumably closer to first-team returns. Luke Shaw and Wayne Rooney are both in training as they continue their recovery from injury, but Bastian Schweinsteiger and Will Keane are still sidelined."
Van Gaal will be glad to see his team's injury crisis easing ahead of the Premier League run-in, with Bastian Schweinsteiger being the only member of the first team currently sidelined with an injury.