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Manchester United forced to play a waiting game for Daley Blind

By Paul Hirst

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal expects to be without midfielder Daley Blind for some time. The midfielder was taken off in the 20th minute of Holland's 6-0 win over Latvia last Sunday with a knee injury.

Van Gaal said initial tests on the player's knee proved inconclusive and he will undergo another scan the week after next to determine how long he would be out for.

The United boss said: "He is not ready to play. He has a brace on his knee and 10 days' rest and then we have to make another scan and then we can say more about his injury. It is not so bad as the doctor thought after the match but it shall be a long story, I believe -but not six months or something like that.

Blind was one of five United players injured on international duty. Luke Shaw felt a tight hamstring and groin while away with England and could miss tomorrow's game at Arsenal.

"Shaw is a question mark," Van Gaal said.

Michael Carrick also suffered a groin problem on international duty, and he will be assessed before Van Gaal decides whether to include the player in the squad for the game at the Emirates.

There was better news about Angel di Maria and David de Gea, who suffered foot and finger injuries while away with Argentina and Spain respectively.

"Di Maria has trained normally so I don't think that is a question mark," Van Gaal said. "David De Gea is good, no problem."

The fact that Di Maria and De Gea look set to play against the Gunners is a big boost to Van Gaal.

Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo, Jonny Evans, Rafael and Radamel Falcao all missed the 1-0 win over Crystal Palace two weeks ago, and it looks like they will miss Saturday's game against the Gunners too.

Falcao will be out for at least a fortnight because of a new injury.

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