Louis van Gaal's confidence of gaining Champions League football next season has taken yet another knock, through the injury of summer signing Daley Blind while playing for the Netherlands against Latvia in a European qualifier, according to BBC Sport.
Dutch international boss Guus Hiddink was concerned for the state of Blind after the match, and stated: "I'm rather negative. I think it's a medial ligament that is twisted. It might be a rupture."
"I'm rather negative. I think it's a medial ligament that is twisted. It might be a rupture"
His ninth appearance for the Red Devils this season will be put on standby through the traumatic injury and scans will reveal the severity of the damage.
After the match, Blind posted a picture on Instagram and added the caption: "I'm proud of my 25 games for the Dutch national team, but I'm so gutted with my injury... I'll stay positive and will come back stronger! Nevertheless a great win, 6-0!"
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International breaks don't seem to have done United any favours this week. David de Gea broke his finger in training with Spain while Michael Carrick withdrew from the England squad with what he claimed to be a "minor" groin injury.
Injury crisis deepens
But these are a couple of a swarm of injuries that seem to be infesting Van Gaal's players at the moment. In the Manchester derby a few weeks ago Marcos Rojo dislocated his shoulder before Phil Jones suffered with shin splints and Jonny Evans picked up a long-term ankle injury.
All on top of each other, the injuries could be the explanation for no European finish for United come the end of the season after Van Gaal hinted at that possibility in a press conference on Monday.
"We have a lot of injuries now and we do not have a full strength side. That means we cannot gain full throttle and win games that we might do with a fresh squad."
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