Manchester United’s defensive crisis has increased more after Daley Blind suffered a knee injury during yesterday’s match against Latvia. The Holland left back had to limp off after playing only twenty minutes.
Guus Hiddink, Netherlands’ manager said: “I’m rather negative. I think it’s a medial ligament that is twisted. It might be a rupture.”
Daley Blind said on Instagram, “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!”
Blind is the third United player who got injured on International duty after David De Gea who dislocated his finger in a training session with Spain and Michael Carrick, who was also pulled from England due a to minor groin injury.
Louis Van Gaal is already in a deep injury crisis with Marcoj Roja who dislocated his shoulder and is out for a month while Phil Jones also side-lined due to shin splits. Even Johnny Evans and Rafael are struggling with injury. After the recent injuries sustained by Manchester United’s players on International duty, the Dutchmen will surely try to buy in some new defensive recruits in the January transfer window.
Blind who was bought from Ajax for 13.8 million € in the summer transfer window has played eight games for Manchester United and has been instrumental in both defence and midfield for the Red Devils. His injury can mean very big problems for Louis Van Gaal since United have to face Arsenal on Saturday as most of the defensive line up is injured.
Van Gaal now has to make some tough decisions with very few choices left. Daley Blind’s injury yesterday has rung warning bells for the Red Devils who are struggling right now on 7th position in the Premier League. When Van Gaal was asked before the International break whether the players will be fit to face Arsenal, he replied, “No, I don’t think so because now some of them have already not played for five, six, seven weeks. They could sit on the bench because they can play 20 minutes but I cannot put a lot of players who are not 100% fit on the bench”.
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