Manchester United injury list rises to nine as Van Gaal counts cost of Watford win
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Manchester United have nine players on their casualty list following their 2-1 win over Watford on Saturday.
Phil Jones and Ander Herrera joined the club’s ever-growing injury list when they sustained ankle and hamstring injuries respectively at Vicarage Road.
Herrera had provided the cross for Memphis Depay’s sweetly-struck opening goal before pulling up and being replaced by Marco Rojo after 25 minutes.
United defender Phil Jones suffered the latest in what has been a lengthy string of injuries for him when he twisted his ankle and was substituted at the 69-minute mark. Both players are rated doubtful to face PSV Eindhoven in the Champions League next Wednesday.
They join a treatment room that includes Anthony Martial (foot), Marouane Fellaini (calf), Michael Carrick (ankle), James Wilson (knee) as well as long-term absentees Luke Shaw (broken leg) and Antonio Valencia (ankle). Wayne Rooney also missed the Watford match with an illness.
Speaking after the game, manager Louis van Gaal said: “These are not heavy injuries, but it is difficult to play against PSV (in the Champions League).
“It’s a lousy period for us with so many injuries abut and maybe (Wayne) Rooney, because illness is a matter of days and not weeks – so I think he can comeback for PSV and maybe (Anthony) Martial, but you never know.”
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