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Louis van Gaal: Injury update on Di Maria, Blind, Carrick and De Gea


Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal says he will wait for Friday's training session before deciding who will be available for the weekend's game against Arsenal.

A number of players returned with injury concerns after the international break but the Dutchman hopes to have Angel Di Maria, David De Gea and Michael Carrick available for the away game against the Gunners.

"It's difficult to say if anyone is back because we have to wait for Friday's training session to decide if they're back," van Gaal said during Thursday's press conference.

"But they're not coming back in the squad - that's a different thing.

"My philosophy is that you have to train at least one week with the squad, better two. But if you see our circumstances, we maybe have to bring players back to the squad.

"[Angel] Di Maria has trained today normally so I don't think that is a question mark, but [Luke] Shaw is.

"[David] De Gea is good, no problem. I think I have to wait for the reaction in training with [David] Carrick, but I also expect he's ready to play."

Before deleting the tweet, the club's official twitter account said Daley Blind could be out for six months but van Gaal suggest that the 24-year-old will not be sidelined for such a long period of time.

"[Daley] Blind is not ready to play," van Gaal said.

"He has now a brace on his knee, 10 days' rest, then we have to make another scan and we can say more about his injury.

"It's not so bad as the doctors are thinking after the match, but it shall be a long story, I believe, but not six months or something."

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