Manchester United has been dealt another injury blow after midfielder Daley Blind limped out of Netherland’s Euro2016 qualifiers against Latvia.
The recent international break has not been kind to the Red Devils. First it was England midfielder Michael Carrick who withdrew from England’s squad, followed by goalkeeper David De Gea who dislocated his finger whilst on duty with Spain and now summer signing Daley Blind.
The midfield enforcer limped out of Netherland’s game after just 19 minutes on the clock with what was suspected as a knee injury.
It is not yet known how bad the injury is, but at first sight, the injury looks bad. Dutch manager Guus Hiddink speaking to press after the game confirmed the injury could be worse than initially thought.
“It doesn’t look good. It’s his medial ligament. It could be a strain, but it could also be a tear. So that’s a big blow”
This will certainly be not too good news for Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal who has seen his team already left thin in all departments due to injury. Van Gaal has battled with injuries in his team since he took over in the summer and that has not helped their title challenge.
It is not yet known how long Blind will be out of action but knee injuries especially torn ligament are ones which can take up to 6-9 months out on the side-line.
This will really be a huge blow for Manchester United and their 13.8million summer signing as the team is already left with limited option in central and defensive midfield areas.
Manchester United will need to spend in the winter for another defensive midfielder as they are already short of players in this department. Michael Carrick- another player who can serve as a cover is suffering an injury of his own and has not really been fit this season. Marouane Fellaini has not found his Everton’s form since joining Manchester United and manager Louis Van Gaal does not really fancy him in DM roles.
Injuries have been a major concern for the Red Devils this season. At present, the entire back-line seems to be all out injured and the recent addition of David De Gea, Michael Carrick and Daley Blind to the injury list will leave the manager wondering where does he goes from here.
United have already been tipped to spend heavily in the January transfer window especially for defenders as injuries and lack of form has seen the team have one of their worst starts in a couple of decades. This present injury will mean United will even need to spend more than initially thought during the winter.
Manchester United manager, medics and fans alike will wait eagerly to hear the report of Blind’s injury as the player is set to undergo further scan to ascertain the extent of his injury, but as it stands, it not looking good for the Dutch man who has been one of the few bright spot the Manchester United team this season.