Most football managers don’t like to release their players for international duty because they fear they may suffer injuries. However, it’s a part of the game and players can get hurt training for their club or national squads just as easily. It might be hard for Man United manager Louis van Gaal to see things this way though since at least three of his club’s players were injured during the recent international break. And that’s definitely not good news with a big match against Arsenal coming up this weekend.
Dutch international midfielder Daley Blind was injured last weekend as were Spanish goalkeeper David de Gea and English midfielder Michael Carrick. It looks like Blind suffered the most serious setback when he injured his knee in Holland’s 6-0 win over Latvia in a Euro 2016 qualifier. Blind left the match after 20 minutes and is expected to miss about six weeks of action. De Gea broke a finger in training with Spain while Carrick pulled out of the England team due to a groin problem.
There are 10 players currently out of the Man United lineup due to various Injuries. These include Brazilian defender Rafael, Argentine defender Marcos Rojo, Northern Ireland defender Johnny Evans English defender Phil Jones, English winger Ashley Young, and Colombian striker Radamel Falcao. Carrick has played just two games this season after returning from a previous injury. Goalkeeper De Gea has arguably been the team’s best player so far this campaign and is expected to be shelved for three weeks. Anders Lindegaard will likely take over in goal unless free agent and former Barcelona keeper Victor Valdes is signed by the Old Trafford outfit.
United isn’t the only club to lose players to injury during the international break. Liverpool’s Italian striker Mario Balotelli was hurt in training and Everton’s English defender Leighton Baines pulled out of the England squad with a hamstring injury. In addition, English midfielder Andres Townsend of Tottenham Hotspur also pulled out of the team with a leg problem.