Manchester United are set to be without Luke Shaw for the rest of the year after he was ruled out for at least a month with ankle ligament damage, reports The Telegraph.
The 19-year-old was forced off in the first half of Saturday's tie against Arsenal and was seen leaving the Emirates Stadium in a protective boot. Manchester United medical team sent Shaw for a scan and the results have now confirmed he suffered ligament damage.
It is another cruel injury blow for the £27 million summer signing, who was expected to burst onto the scene at Old Trafford after agreeing a £120,000-a-week deal. A succession of injuries has limited him to just seven starts in the league so far this season.
While Shaw will be frustrated with his latest setback, Louis van Gaal's injury problems are reaching critical levels. The Manchester United manager is already struggling to field a defence with Tyler Blackett, Chris Smalling and Paddy McNair making up an inexperienced backline at the moment.
Marcos Rojo, Phil Jones and Rafael are all currently sidelined while defensive midfielder Daley Blind is also injured, and the loss of Shaw compounds a deepening crisis at Old Trafford.
“I've been training for a week or two now, but it's taking me time to get my fitness up as I've been out for so long"
Jonny Evans could offer Van Gaal a reprieve in the near future after coming through a game for Manchester United's Under-21 side earlier this week. However, the defender insisted he would not be ready to face Hull City on Saturday.
Quoted in The Telegraph, he said: "It's nice to get 60-odd minutes under my belt. But I think the manager will have to assess that [a first-team recall] and also the fitness coaches.
“I've been training for a week or two now, but it's taking me time to get my fitness up as I've been out for so long.
"It [return to action] been a long time coming. I didn't expect to be out this long, so I'm pleased to get some minutes.”