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16th Nov 2014

United lose Daley Blind for up to six weeks

Dutch star limps out of Euro 2016 qualifier

Gareth Makim

Louis van Gaal’s signings haven’t exactly set the world alight this season, and the Dutchman’s plans have been hit further with the news that his countryman, Daley Blind, will miss the next four to six weeks of the campaign.

Blind was injured during Holland’s 6-0 victory over Latvia, limping out of the game after just 19 minutes after tearing ligaments in his knee in a collision with an opponent.

‘It doesn’t look good,’ coach Guus Hiddink said. ‘It is his medial ligament. It could be a strain but also be a tear, so that is a big blow.’

The injury to Blind completes a miserable few days for Van Gaal, who has also lost the services of goalkeeper for an undetermined period of time after he dislocated a finger during training with Spain, and further undermines his attempts to field a strong defence against Arsenal next Sunday.

Marcos Rojo, Phil Jones, Rafael, Jonny Evans and Michael Carrick have all already been ruled out or are struggling to be fit.

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