Manchester United centre-half Jonny Evans is set to be out of action for a month after suffering an injury in the club's shocking 5-3 defeat to Leicester City at the King Power Stadium this past weekend.
This has been reported by the Telegraph, who have suggested that the Northern Ireland defender could be on the sidelines until mid-October after undergoing a scan on Tuesday.
It appears that Manchester United medics will continue monitoring the defender in the coming days, but early results have indicated that he will be out for the long term.
Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal certainly has a major selection headache ahead of this weekend's clash with West Ham United. With Evans now on the sidelines, Phil Jones out for at least another three weeks and Tyler Blackett suspended, Van Gaal has limited options at the back.
Chris Smalling - who replaced Evans at the King Power Stadium on Sunday - should start at centre-half alongside Argentine ace Marcos Rojo. The versatile defender has featured at left-back under Van Gaal so far this season, but should now be moved into the centre.
That could hand a debut to teenager Luke Shaw, who has endured a difficult opening period to his Manchester United career. Following an injury that kept him on the sidelines for the start of the campaign, the former Southampton man has only managed a place on the bench so far this term.
Flamboyant Brazilian defender Rafael da Silva should keep his place at right-back despite his troubles against Leicester City on Sunday. Van Gaal could, however, replace him with Ecuadorian Antonio Valencia for the clash with the Hammers.
Manchester United will be determined to get back to winning ways against Sam Allardyce's team after a disastrous start to the season. The Red Devils have secured just five points from their opening five fixtures and are already way off the pace in the Premier League table.
They will certainly be hoping for immediate improvement as they embark upon two home games in a row, starting with West Ham on Saturday. Van Gaal's side then take on Roberto Martinez's Everton the week after.
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