Manchester United have suffered another injury blow ahead of Saturday’s trip to Arsenal after utility man Daley Blined was forced off just before the 20 minute mark during the Netherlands Euro 2016 qualifier against Latvia.
It is exactly the news that manager Louis van Gaal did not want to hear, especially to one of his more important players. Blind has pretty much been an ever-present in the starting XI since his signing was confirmed on transfer deadline day.
Blind went into a heavy challenge with his opposite number and came off worse from the two. What looks like a knee injury meant he could not go on and eventually was substituted for Feyenoord star Jordy Clasie.
Manchester United already have enough injury worried to occupy themselves with and another star struck down ahead of the crucial Premier League clash at Emirates Stadium next week. While it may not be a must-win fixture, it is an important opportunity to deal a blow to their rivals for a top four place.
It has been a dreadful international break for Van Gaal, where Blind’s knock follows Michael Carrick having to withdraw from England duty with another injury and David de Gea is also a major doubt after dislocating his finger with Spain.
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Blind was bought, and is deployed, primarily as a midfielder but his ability to play in defence was crucial last weekend in the win over Crystal Palace, where he filled in at centre-back as cover for Marcos Rojo, who dislocated his shoulder in the Manchester derby the weekend before.
The Argentina international joined Phil Jones, Rafael da Silva and Jonny Evans on the defensive injury list for what has already been a challenging season. Van Gaal will be hoping that the assessment of Blind’s injury comes up with nothing as serious as it looked when he was withdrawn