Super-sub Javier Hernandez will replace injured Wayne Rooney in Manchester United’s visit to Norwich tomorrow.
The Mexican forward single-handedly turned United’ two-goal deficit against Aston Villa into a 3-2 win last weekend and will be rewarded with a start by Sir Alex Ferguson.
But there is not good news for Rooney, who limped off with an ankle injury and missed England’s 4-2 defeat to Sweden on Wednesday, as Fergie revealed he is struggling for fitness.
“There is a doubt about Wayne, but Robin [van Persie] should be fit,” he said. “Javier came on last week and changed the game completely,” said Ferguson.
“He should start tomorrow.”
Van Persie also pulled out of international duty after picking up a knock to the thigh last week – he missed a unglamorous goalless draw.
And Jonny Evans could also miss his third game for the Reds after failing to recover from a groin injury – but youngster Phil Jones is one game away from earning his first appearance of the season.
“Phil has been training all week,” added Ferguson. “We will take him to Turkey. That is a great start for him.”
United travel to Galatasaray next Tuesday having already sealed their place in the Champions League knockout stages as group winners.
United’s Japanese playmaker Shinji Kagawa will also miss the trip to Carrow Road as he battles back from a knee problem.