Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea is likely to be ready for the Premier League trip to Arsenal on Saturday 22 November as the injury he sustained on international duty is not as serious as first feared.
De Gea was force to leave the Spanish national training session on Friday 14 November after dislocating the little finger on his right hand.
The Spanish Federation confirmed the injury but decided that he should "remain with Vicente del Bosque's squad while the medical services of the Spanish FA determine the extent of the injury."
The keeper missed the 3-0 victory over Belarus on Saturday and is also expected to be out of action during the friendly against Germany on Tuesday night.
Some reports claimed that the Spaniard could be out for up to a month with Anders Lindegaard ready to replace him for Saturday's visit to Arsenal.
However sources close to de Gea have told IBTimes UK the keeper is "more than 90%" likely to be able to play his part during the visit to the Emirates Stadium as the injury is not as serious as first feared.
IBTimes UK understands de Gea is progressing well and returned to training with the Spanish national team on Monday, and even though Del Bosque is expected to rest him for the game against Germany, he feels ready to play.
Having suffered the same injury in his phalanx four seasons ago, de Gea is aware he needs to be cautious but believes it is not serious enough to stop him playing against the Gunners.
The news will be a major boost for van Gaal as de Gea has been one of United's best players this season, even being voted the club's Player of the Month in October for his top quality displays between the sticks.