The hits just keep coming for Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal.
Earlier this weekend it was learned that goalkeeper David De Gea had dislocated a finger while training with Spain. Now it is understood that midfielder Daley Blind has been sidelined for between four to six weeks with suspected knee ligament damage.
The Dutch international limped off the pitch after only twenty minutes during Holland’s Euro 2016 qualifier against Latvia today. The injury occurred when the 24-year-old midfielder collided with a Latvian opponent in the opening half of play.
Blind was able to walk of the pitch under his own power, but following Holland’s 6-0 victory in Amsterdam, national team coach Guus Hiddink said that he believed the midfielder may have suffered torn ligaments.
“I’m rather negative,” Hiddink said. “I think it’s a medial ligament that is twisted. It might be a rupture.”
According to the English newspaper the Telegraph, Holland claim that Blind sustained a medial ligament injury rather than a more serious cruciate ligament injury. But the midfielder will be fully assessed and have a MRI scan once he returns to Manchester United’s Aon Training Centre on Monday.
With De Gea and midfielder Michael Carrick listed as “doubtful” for United’s upcoming Premier League encounter with Arsenal, and centre-back Marcos Rojo ruled out for another three to four weeks; Van Gaal will really need to take count of healthy bodies and figure out a way to organize his squad ahead Saturday’s match at the Emirates.
Prior to the international break, the hope around Old Trafford was the interruption of the league fixtures would provide some of United’s walking wounded to heal and be ready for a busy stretch of matches. But now it appears those players will be pressed into action and/or United will once again have to dip into its Under-21 squad in order to field an 18-man team against the Gunners.
United have picked up 39 injuries since Van Gaal took control of the club in July.