Van Gaal talks about injuries, including Martial

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has bemoaned the club’s current injury list, with a host of players struggling for fitness ahead of a midweek Champions League clash with PSV Eindhoven.

The Red Devils got a last-gasp win against Watford at Vicarage Road yesterday courtesy of a Troy Deeney own goal, which has lifted the historic outfit to within a point of top spot.

However, Van Gaal is down to the bare bones in his squad and has a host of star names on the sidelines currently.

Both Phil Jones and Ander Herrera picked up knocks against the Hornets and are now doubts for the clash at Old Trafford on Wednesday night.

The Dutchman has stated that he expects Wayne Rooney to feature against the Eredivisie side, while Anthony Martial is still a doubt after picking up a knock while on international duty.

“We are in a lousy period with a lot of injuries,” Van Gaal told the club’s official website.

”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.”

United will be keen to get revenge on PSV after losing the reverse fixture 2-1 in Holland, while Shaw broke his leg at the Phillips Stadion.

 


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