Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney may not play for the club again this season after picking an injury during the Red Devils' 3-0 defeat to Everton at Goodison Park on Sunday afternoon.
As reported by the Telegraph, the United captain is set for further tests on a knee injury, with it being suggested that he may well have sustained ligament damage late on in the game in Merseyside.
In fact, the same report claims that the club aren't fearful over the injury being too serious, however it appears that the player could miss around a month of action.
Ultimately, then, that would see him miss the club's final four Premier League games as they look to secure their place in next year's Champions League competition.
Despite suffering back-to-back defeats for the first time under Van Gaal, the Red Devils are still seven points in front of Liverpool, who sit in fifth place after losing at the KC Stadium against Hull City last night.
There's no doubt about it, even without Rooney, the Red Devils will feel confident of hitting the required points target over the coming weeks. In fact, United only need to pick up two wins from their remaining four games to guarantee a place in Europe's elite competition.
Van Persie return
Perhaps, then, Dutchman Robin van Persie will return to the starting XI after making his return from injury.
In fact, the Dutchman was in fine form last night as the club's Under 21 side beat Fulham by four goals to one. Van Persie, who has endured a tricky campaign under Van Gaal, managed to strike twice, so may well have put himself in contention for Saturday's clash with the Baggies.
And, in truth, Van Persie could do with finding some form before the end of the campaign. Unsurprisingly, questions have been asked of late regarding his long term future at the club, so he could do with laying down a marker ahead of the 2015/16 season.
Of course, Colombian ace Radamel Falcao will also be hoping for a place in the side, but he's not really done enough at the Theatre of Dreams to prove he deserves another starting role. Youngster James Wilson, who has rarely featured in the second half of the campaign, may also be hoping for a chance, but it surely has to be Van Persie against West Brom.
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