Manchester United have received a major injury boost with the news that Daley Blind isn't expected to be sidelined for too long with a knee injury.
The Dutch international picked up a suspected medial knee ligament injury during his country's win over Latvia on Sunday, and it was reported that he could be out of action for up to two months.
However now the Daily Star claim that he could only be sidelined for around four weeks, with a scan later today expected to clarify the extent of the injury. If he is out for four weeks then he will miss games against Arsenal, Hull, Stoke Southampton and possibly Liverpool.
The news will be welcomed by Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal, who has seen his squad decimated by injury this season, and has particular problems at the back. He will be without the majority of his first-choice back four and will use stand-ins and youth players against the Gunners.
Jonny Evans, Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo are all out, while Rafael is a major doubt. Blind could have filled in at the back as cover, but now joins his stricken team-mates on the sidelines. There was yet more bad news during the international break on Friday when it was confirmed that David de Gea had dislocated a finger during training with Spain. reports say he could be out for four weeks too, but that diagnosis has not been confirmed.
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If he does miss the game, then Victor Valdes is not yet fit and hasn't penned a contract at Manchester United, so Anders Lindegaard will step in between the posts.
There was some better news further forward, with Radamel Falcao expected to be available for the showdown against Arsenal having been since the 2-2 draw against West Brom last month.
With their injury worries, Manchester United have struggled for consistency in the Premier League and currently sit in 7th place after 11 games. They go up against Arsenal having claimed a 1-0 win in their last fixture against Crystal Palace, looking to claim back-to-back wins for only the second time this season.
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