No quick return for Blind

Published: Thursday 20th November 2014 by The News Editor

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Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal expects to be without midfielder Daley Blind for some time.

The midfielder was taken off in the 20th minute of Holland’s 6-0 win over Latvia last Sunday with a knee injury.

Van Gaal said initial tests on the player’s knee proved inconclusive and he will undergo another scan the week after next to determine how long he would be out for.

The United boss said: “He is not ready to play.

“He has a brace on his knee and 10 days’ rest and then we have to make another scan and then we can say more about his injury.

“It is not so bad as the doctor thought after the match but it shall be a long story, I believe – but not six months or something like that.

Blind was one of five United players injured on international duty.

Luke Shaw felt a tight hamstring and groin while away with England and could miss Saturday’s game at Arsenal.

“Shaw is a question mark,” Van Gaal said.

Michael Carrick also suffered a groin problem on international duty, and he will be assessed before Van Gaal decides whether to include the player in the squad for the game at the Emirates.

“I have to wait for how he reacts (on Friday) and training sessions tomorrow but I expect that he is also ready to play,” Van Gaal said.

There was better news about Angel di Maria and David de Gea, who suffered foot and finger injuries while away with Argentina and Spain respectively.

“Di Maria has trained today normally so I don’t think that is a question mark (whether he is fit for Arsenal),” Van Gaal said.

“David De Gea is good, no problem.”

Published: Thursday 20th November 2014 by The News Editor

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