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More woe for United with Blind knee blow

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal is facing another injury crisis with the news that midfielder Daley Blind could face a lengthy lay-off after injuring his knee playing for the Netherlands against Latvia yesterday.

Coach Guus Hiddink says Blind likely twisted or possibly ruptured a medial ligament in his knee in a challenge with Eduards Visnakovs.

Blind limped off in the 20th minute as the Netherlands thrashed Latvia 6-0 in a European qualifier. Hiddink said he would have an MRI scan today.

"I'm rather negative," Hiddink said. "I think it's a medial ligament that is twisted. It might be a rupture."

Blind has been one of United's most consistent players this season in Van Gaal's first year in charge, looking composed in the holding midfield role.

Van Gaal is already reeling from the news that goalkeeper David de Gea dislocated a finger while training with the Spanish national side and is doubtful for tomorrow's friendly clash with Germany.

The Dutchman is already without the services of Rafael, Phil Jones, Michael Carrick, Marcos Rojo, and Jonny Evans, and will more than likely have to play rookie defenders Tyler Blackett and Paddy McNair in the heart of his team's defence in Saturday's Premier League trip to face Arsenal.


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