Louis van Gaal provides injury round-up on Manchester United players

by Tanveer Arayan

Louis van Gaal has given a complete injury update following Manchester United’s 2-1 win over Watford.

James Wilson was left out of the squad as his knee swelled up on Friday after training, while the initial indications are that Ander Herrera has suffered a hamstring injury.

Wayne Rooney is expected to be fit the PSV Eindhoven game but Anthony Martial is not certain, while Phil Jones suffered a twisted ankle and won’t play midweek.

Speaking about Man United’s current injury situation, van Gaal said: “We are in a lousy period with a lot of injuries.

“Also in the international break. Antonio Valencia was operated on and Luke Shaw you know, and now Jones and Herrera, I think, are not available for Wednesday.

“My first impression is that they are not too heavy but the problem is that we have to play Wednesday already. Jones had a twisted ankle and Herrera a hamstring injury. Rooney is ill, and that is a matter of days, not weeks. I expect that he shall play Wednesday, but you never know, I do not know the development of the illness. Today he is at home, we gave him a day off to heal the illness; tomorrow he comes and I can say more. Martial is another problem, his foot, it is not as heavy as the media have written but we have to wait and see if he can play Wednesday.

“Wilson had a swollen knee after training. I did not play [Marcos] Rojo also because when you have jet-lag you cannot play. Wilson did not play for six weeks, so you cannot play in the Premier League without match rhythm; you have seen with Memphis that in the second half he was less [effective]. I had Rashford on the bench, a fantastic talent, but Wilson has more experience in the league.”
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United’s injury list right is growing and after the Watford game we’ve got more injuries than we had before kick-off, and that’s indicative of our current situation.

With the PSV game on Wednesday, van Gaal will more than likely give an update on all the players’ situations ahead of kick-off and we’ll bring you the latest updates when we have some.

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