Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has once more confirmed that he will be without a host of players including Radamel Falcao and Marcos Rojo for the upcoming clash against Crystal Palace.
The Red Devils have suffered badly with injuries this term and their fortune shows no sign of changing anytime soon, with Rafael also ruled out of the clash at Old Trafford. Louis van Gaal's side are seeking their first win in four games, but have real problems at the back where they are short of options.
That was exposed following the sending off of Chris Smalling, who now misses this weekend's game against Palace through suspension, during the 1-0 defeat against Manchester City last time round. Phil Jones and Jonny Evans are still missing through injury which means Van Gaal will have to field a makeshift back line comprising of the likes of Paddy McNair, Michael Carrick and Antonio Valencia.
Rojo looked to be staring down the barrel of a lengthy spell on the sidelines after he dislocated his shoulder during the defeat at the Etihad Stadium last Sunday. It was initially feared that he could be out for anything up to six months, although Van Gaal has now confirmed that he is likely to be missing for closer to six weeks.
"Marcos dislocated his shoulder but did it in a positive way," explained the Manchester United boss. "We don't need to operate on him. It's a relief but maybe, with this injury, it is very difficult to prevent it from happening again. That is the problem.
"He saw a specialist yesterday evening who said the conservative way to heal it is best. For him, it was positive. Always with these injuries, I cannot change that. The human body has been made by God - not by me. Conservatively, it can be less than six weeks. If we have to operate, 12 weeks."
Van Gaal's injury woes continue further up the pitch where Radamel Falcao isn't fit to play once more. The Colombian striker has missed Manchester United's last two fixtures with a calf complaint and still isn't fit to take part. There were reports this week that the Monaco forward's permanent switch to Old Trafford is in doubt because of concerns over his fitness, and this latest setback won't help.