• Chile international suffered a lower back injury in the first leg of the Europa League semi-finals.
  • Long-term casualty Giuseppe Rossi remains on the sidelines.

Celta Vigo manager Eduardo Berizzo has been handed a major boost ahead of the trip to Manchester United on Thursday (11 May) after Pablo 'Tucu' Hernandez had been given the medical clearance to return to action. Long-term casualty Giuseppe Rossi is thus expected to be the only injury absentee of the Spaniard in the second leg of the Europa League semi-finals.

Berizzo's side are the underdogs of the tie after a goal from Marcus Rashford gave Manchester United a 1-0 advantage in the reverse fixture played at the Balaidos stadium last week.

Hernandez, 30, completed the full 90 minutes of that game but it later emerged he ended the game with a lower back injury.

The Chile international consequently missed the weekend's 3-0 defeat to Malaga as Berizzo rotated his line-up in the La Liga encounter ahead of having his key players fresh for the trip to Old Trafford.

Now Celta have confirmed through an official statement that the midfielder will be ready to return to action against Manchester United after having received the green light from the doctors.

The news is a massive injury boost for Berizzo as Hernandez is a crucial player to form his midfielder trident alongside Nemanja Radoja and Daniel Wass.

Celta, meanwhile, also confirmed that Rossi remains on the sidelines as the former Manchester United forward is still recovering from a serious knee injury that he picked up last month.

Left-back Carles Planas missed last week's defeat to United due to another injury but he is also expected to be available after returning to action on weekend.

Yet, Berizzo is anyway expected to deploy the same line-up that in the first-leg, led by former Liverpool forward Iago Aspas.

Pablo Hernandez
Pablo Hernandez is a key player for Celta. Getty