By North-west correspondent Alex Stevens

Louis van Gaal has revealed that Phil Jones is in contention for Manchester United’s showdown against Chelsea on Sunday.

United have also been lifted by the recoveries of long-term absentees Luke Shaw, Marcos Rojo and Antonio Valencia.

But Van Gaal admitted that Bastian Schweinsteiger is still struggling with a knee injury that has proved more serious than initially feared.

Football Insider revealed earlier on Friday that the German midfielder is facing an extended spell on the sidelines and might not play at all this month.

Nevertheless, at least one absentee could be back for the Premier League clash at Stamford Bridge this weekend.

“There is some light at the end of the tunnel, I think,” Van Gaal told MUTV on Friday afternoon. “[Phil] Jones is coming back. He has trained today [Friday] with the first team so that’s good.”

Jones, who has been out since early January with an ankle injury,  is not the only long-term absentee to provide the manager with a lift.

Crisis management: Rojo is one of the four senior United full-backs out injured

Crisis management: Rojo is one of the four senior United full-backs out injured

“Rojo is doing well,” Van Gaal said. “It’s not that he can train with us but, still, he is doing well. Shaw is doing well and Valencia is doing well so it’s not bad.”

On Shaw, Van Gaal added: “He can play in the Europa League final, I have said that to him. That gives him spirit and a goal that he has to live for and it is not impossible, in my opinion it is not impossible.”

Asked for an update on Schweinsteiger, the manager replied: “Schweinsteiger is still out, yes.”