Manchester United have had some pretty terrible luck on the injury front recently, and it doesn't seem to be improving in a hurry. The latest Red Devil to go down is midfield anchorman Daley Blind, who was withdrawn in the first half of the Netherlands' Euro 2016 qualifier against Latvia:
Manchester United fans, look away now... Daley Blind has limped off in the 20th minute of Netherlands vs. Latvia.— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) November 16, 2014
Blind was able to walk off the field, so it is possible that he was withdrawn as a precautionary measure. With United very thin on holding midfield options, he's player Louis van Gaal will desperate to have available against Arsenal next weekend. However, from what Dutch coach Guus Hiddink had to say after the match, it doesn't sound good. If it is really is knee ligaments, he could be set for weeks or months on the sidelines:
According to Guus Hiddink, Daley Blind might have damaged his knee ligaments. No real news yet, but it's starting look pretty bad.— Elko Born (@Elko_B) November 16, 2014
The early prognosis is that he could miss between four and six weeks:
Confirmed by Dutch television station NOS: Daley Blind has torn his knee ligament. He'll be sidelined for 4 to 6 weeks.— Elko Born (@Elko_B) November 16, 2014
The (slightly) good news is that striker Robin van Persie was declared fit to start against Latvia, and indeed got himself on the scoresheet after just six minutes.