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David De Gea not seriously injured, targets Europa League 2nd leg return

Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea has suffered no serious injury to his hurt knee, manager Louis van Gaal confirmed on Monday.

Although the Spaniard was not named in the squad for Monday night's FA Cup match against Shrewsbury Town, United are hoping that he could be back for Thursday night's crucial Europa League game against FC Midtjylland.

De Gea had been withdrawn from his team's 2-1 defeat in the first leg of that Europa League contest, on Thursday, after feeling the problem during the warm-up to the game.

Van Gaal confirmed the news about his goalkeeper's injury progress in the build-up to the match at Shrewsbury.

Asked by BT Sport if there was good news about De Gea, Van Gaal said: "That's true. We have to wait and see if he's available for Thursday."

David De Gea
David De Gea could feature for Man United for the second leg against Midtjylland on Thursday.

The incident at Midtjylland had occurred while De Gea was making what looked like a routine save, then he went back into the dressing room for treatment. The 25-year-old was then replaced in the line-up by Sergio Romero, the only fit remaining goalkeeper in the squad at the time, with third-choice Sam Johnstone currently injured.

Rookie keeper Dean Henderson was subsequently brought back to United on Saturday, cutting short his loan spell at Stockport County, and the 18-year-old was named on the bench for the Shrewsbury game.

Van Gaal had said after the game in Denmark that De Gea would go for a scan on Friday, and the player later returned home without crutches. The latest news about De Gea was a relief, considering the length of the club's injury list.

"We have still 13 players injured so we have a small group. That's the difficulty," Van Gaal added.

Arindam is ESPN FC's Manchester United correspondent. Follow him @ARejSport

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