Sport1 say Schweinsteiger expects to be back in action at the end of February after scans on his knee revealed there was a tear, rather than a simple medial ligament sprain.
With Marouane Fellaini continuing to play in central midfield. the last thing Man United fans wanted was an injury setback for Bastian but it sounds like the Belgian might be playing there for a bit longer.
When van Gaal was asked on Friday about when Schweinsteiger would return, he didn’t give an exact diagnosis.
“I cannot say,” he said.
“Every time I make a remark about injuries it is always difficult because injuries have developments and you have to wait and see.”
At least the return of Michael Carrick against Derby gives van Gaal another option and we’ll all be hoping that he starts there instead of Fellaini, who has started the last four games in defensive midfield.
Signing Schweinsteiger after such a disappointing season with Bayern Munich due to injuries was always going to be a calculated decision which carried its own risks, one of which was that he was likely to be injury prone but we knew that before we signed him.
Van Gaal will no doubt be questioned on Schweinsteiger again on Monday if he faces the press ahead of Stoke and hopefully he’ll say some to the contrary of these reports from Germany.