Bastian Schweinsteiger rested for Netherlands clash and returns to Manchester United early

by Sam Peoples

Germany captain Bastian Schweinsteiger will be rested for his side’s friendly against the Netherlands in Hanover on Tuesday.

The Manchester United midfielder played 90 minutes in his sides loss to France on Friday and will now be given extra time off before returning to his club ahead of their trip to Watford. It means Schweinsteiger will miss the chance to take on his club teammates Daley Blind and Memphis Depay, who are both in the Dutch squad for the game.

It will come as a relief to everyone at Man United that the 31-year-old will not be needed for his country. England midfielder Michael Carrick was stretchered off in their friendly against Spain, meaning Schweinsteiger is that much more important for United when he returns.

The Reds can’t afford many more injuries with the likes of Antonio Valencia and Marouane Fellaini also recently picking up knocks that could keep them out of action for a while. Schweinsteiger has been a key player for United since signing from Bayern Munich this summer and a rest of more than a week between games will certainly do him some good.

There have been concerns over the World Cup winner’s fitness ever since he came to Old Trafford but he has been able to keep himself fit for the majority of the campaign so far. The extra rest could be hugely beneficial to United as they prepare for the busy Christmas period and Schweinsteiger will know he has his work cut out for him if he wants to lead United to his first ever Premier League title.

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