Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal gave an update on the team’s injury situation ahead of Wednesday’s game against PSV Eindhoven.
United will host PSV in the Champions League on Wednesday. United tops Group B on seven points, one point ahead of PSV and Wolfsburg.
“We are in a lousy period with a lot of injuries,” van Gaal told manutd.com. “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.”
James Wilson missed the game against Watford on Saturday, which meant the 18-year-old Marcus Rashford made his first appearance on the bench for the Red Devils.
“Wilson had a swollen knee after training,” van Gaal said. “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.”