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Louis van Gaal: Injury update on van Persie, Blind and Carrick


Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal says midfielder Daley Blind will probably be fit to face Preston North End in the FA Cup.

The 24-year-old suffered a head injury on Wednesday against Burnley and was forced out of the game after initially returning on the pitch.

But the Red Devils will be without defender Phil Jones and midfielder Michael Carrick with striker Robin van Persie to be assessed on Saturday.

"I don't think it's a heavy injury for [Phil] Jones, [but it] shall be difficult [for] Monday" van Gaal told MUTV.

"With [Daley] Blind, I say what the doctor has said – we'll wait and see. I think he shall play on Monday – that's my expectation, but you never know.

"He [Michael Carrick] has a fallback [setback], and that's not unusual with injuries, so we will also have to wait and see.

"Robin van Persie has also something so now I have given the players a day off and only the injured players have visited our training centre, but the doctor hasn't called me yet [with updates] so I cannot say anything."

Meanwhile, the Dutchman expects a difficult game when his side take on Simon Grayson's Preston on Monday.

"It's always the same because you know the world is for the underdog and we have to play away under the same circumstances as at Cambridge or Yeovil, so it shall be very difficult," he said.

"You know that they play more or less with two rows of four and a striker who is dropping in, as did Cambridge and Yeovil and also the last [league] games, for example Queens Park Rangers and Burnley.

"It is always difficult to play against a defending team.

"It's our goal to win a [trophy] and I hope to win one for the fans of Manchester United.

"It could be the FA Cup but it's very easy to say that. It's not so easy to reach the final and then win the final – that is difficult."

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