Daley Blind has missed Manchester United’s last three games with ankle ligament damage – report

by Leo Nieboer

Daley Blind has been sidelined for Manchester United’s last three games due to ankle ligament damage sustained in training 11 days ago, according to reports.

The Dutchman’s last Premier League start dates back to August but Jose Mourinho has used him in all European and domestic cup matches this season.

But he didn’t feature against Yeovil Town on Friday and hasn’t been present in the squad since Man United’s 2-0 win over Derby County earlier this month.

And according to the Times‘ Paul Hirst, the 27-year-old damaged his ankle ligaments during training and had to be carried off the pitch, prompting fears of a potentially extensive period on the sidelines.

Mourinho noted in his Monday press conference that there weren’t any fresh injuries in his squad ahead of the clash with Tottenham Hotspur but, with this new information in mind, he must have been referring to the group of players he was intending to select from – of which Blind is not one.

The 55-year-old clearly prefers the know-how of Ashley Young and athleticism of Luke Shaw at left-back in league games, and has shown great reluctance to use Blind at centre-back.

He appears to be reduced to something of a bit-part role this season, chipping in for games that sees perhaps more important players receive a rest.

This is probably a sensible assignment for a player with limited – yet unquestionable – ability, but with his contract set to expire at the end of this season and plenty of years still ahead of him, Blind may feel like his current quota of games isn’t enough and seek a move elsewhere.

 

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