1 Robin van Persie is expected to go straight back into Manchester United’s starting line-up at Swansea on Saturday after overcoming injury.The Dutch striker missed the 3-1 win over Preston in the FA Cup clash on Monday after picking up a knock, but has been passed fit for the trip to the Liberty Stadium.His return means Louis van Gaal will have to decide whether to hand his fellow countryman a start at the expense of Wayne Rooney or Radamel Falcao – or drop his captain into midfield.Van Gaal will also welcome back defender Phil Jones, who missed the victory against Preston with a knee problem.The meeting with Swansea has come too soon for Michael Carrick, however, with the experienced midfielder expected to return to training next week having been sidelined with a calf injury since the end of last month.Speaking at his pre-match press conference, Van Gaal said: “They [Jones and Van Persie] are fit to play.“Only Carrick is still injured. I think he shall train with the group next week. I expect that, but you never know. You’ll have to wait and see.”United head to Wales having lost just one of their last 19 games, but the run of good form has not spared Van Gaal from criticism from fans not entirely taken with the style of play under him.The Dutchman knows improvements must be made, although he insists producing positive results remains his main priority.“I am never 100 per cent happy,” the 63-year-old said.“We can play better but the main thing is to win your match, not to lose.“We have shown this year a lot of times team spirit and that is very attractive for the fans but also for the coach, because then you can see a player wants to follow you.” Robin van Persie and Louis van Gaal
Adding to the pressure, Spain’s National Transplant Organisation (ONT) said Thursday it had joined prosecutors in asking that the investigation be reopened, even if it conducted its own probe and concluded the 2012 transplant was lawful.It said it called “for all aspects of Mr. Abidal’s transplant to be clarified once and for all.”The fresh twists in the case come after online newspaper El Confidencial reported in July that wiretaps from a probe into corruption involving then-Barcelona president Sandro Rosell indicated the club may have illegally procured Abidal’s transplant, which took place in April 2012.Abidal, who is now Barcelona’s sporting director, maintains that his cousin Gerard Armand was the donor.The club and Barcelona’s Hospital Clinic which carried out the transplant, also denied any irregularities in Abidal’s transplant.In an interview with French newspaper La Depeche du Midi in July, Armand, who lives in France, was adamant there had been nothing untoward.He said that he was approached by Abidal’s wife after the liver tumour was discovered in 2011.“I didn’t think about it, it was a good, normal action that anyone would do to help a sick relative,” he said, denying he had received money from FC Barcelona for it.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000The news of the medical probe comes in light of Barcelona-based prosecutors asking to reopen an investigation into allegations that FC Barcelona illegally bought a liver transplant for cancer-stricken ex-player Eric Abidal © AFP / Valery HACHEMADRID, Spain, Aug 30 – Prosecutors have asked a judge to issue a European warrant ordering Eric Abidal’s cousin to take a probe to prove he donated part of his liver to the former FC Barcelona player, a spokesman for the prosecutors said Thursday.The news comes one month after the Barcelona-based prosecutors asked for an investigation into allegations the football club illegally bought a liver transplant for their cancer-stricken ex-player be reopened after a court filed the case for lack of evidence.