Bastian Schweinsteiger Injury: Updates on Midfielder's Status and Return

Matt Jones@@MattJFootballFeatured Columnist

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 30:  Bastian Schweinsteiger of Manchester United reacts after receiving a yellow card during the UEFA Champions League match between Manchester United and Wolfsburg at Old Trafford on September 30, 2015 in Manchester, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Matthew Ashton - AMA/Getty Images)
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Manchester United midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger suffered a knee injury during the Jan. 9 1-0 win over Sheffield United in the FA Cup, but the German veteran is now closing in on a return.

Continue for updates.

Van Gaal Comments on Schweinsteiger's Training Status

Wednesday, March 9

"Bastian is coming back, a lot of players will come back in March," Red Devils boss Louis van Gaal said, per Aimee Lewis and Michael Emons of BBC Sport.

He added: "They are fit to train but, for example, Schweinsteiger only has one training session behind his back."

Schweinsteiger Reveals Return Timeline

Thursday, Feb. 25

"I should be completely back on board in March," the German midfielder told Bild (h/t Sky Sports).

Schweinsteiger Injury History a Concern

While Schweinsteiger has impressed in bursts for the Red Devils, one of the main concerns surrounding his summer transfer was a poor recent injury record.

Indeed, for a player who came through the ranks and became a great with Bayern Munich, had it not been for his fitness woes, it’s unlikely he would have moved on.

So any kind of issue will be a concern for the United faithful, who are desperate to see this wonderful player build momentum at Old Trafford.

While central midfield was a big issue for United prior to Van Gaal taking over, the Dutchman has significantly bolstered that part of the squad, with Morgan Schneiderlin, Michael CarrickDaley Blind, Ander Herrera and Marouane Fellaini all capable of filling the void.

However, there are few players in the game who offer the same combination of tenacity, technical flair and speed of thought at the heart of a team that Schweinsteiger does. As such, United supporters will be hoping these injury problems don’t continue to blemish his Premier League career.