Ander Herrera feels Good Again following Injury Return

  • 24 August 2017

Spain international Ander Herrera admits that he is back to full fitness after having recovered from the minor rib injury sustained during Manchester United's friendly against Real Madrid in July.

Herrera was subbed off just six minutes into in his second half appearance against the European champions, and Jose Mourinho initially had doubts that the injury could be much more serious.

However, the former Basque player appeared to recover in time to feature against Valerenga where he managed 45 minutes alongside goalscorer Scott McTominay in the second half of the 3-0 victory. Following the game, Herrera admitted that he has overcome the minor niggle, and he is confident of playing more than 45 minutes in the coming friendly against Sampdoria. The 27-year-old also has an eye on the European Super Cup which would be another form of silverware, should United beat Real Madrid in Skopje this weekend.

"I'm good. It was okay because [the knock] was not so painful, just a kick on my hip. The first two days I was really bad but now I’m better again and feel that I can play more than 45 minutes. I’m happy, but now we have to be ready for the UEFA Super Cup, which is another title to fight for," he is quoted by the club's official website.

Herrera was the Red Devils' standout performer during the previous campaign, and his performances were rewarded with the club's Player of the Season last term. The Spaniard has evolved into a first-choice candidate for the central midfield duties, and United are eager to extend his contract after having already begun negotiations with his representative.The midfielder currently has a year left on his existing deal and the fresh contract would spell an end to rumours linking him with a move to Barcelona, where he would be reunited with former Athletic Bilbao boss Ernesto Valverde.

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