Van Gaal delivers latest Man United injury update ahead of Preston trip

Louis van Gaal says that Phil Jones and Daley Blind will be assessed in the build-up to Monday's FA Cup clash

Louis van Gaal says that Manchester United will “wait and see” about the fitness of duo Phil Jones and Daley Blind ahead of Monday night’s FA Cup clash at Preston North End.

England international Jones picked up a suspected knee injury during the 3-1 win over Burnley in the Premier League in midweek and was substituted after just five minutes.

Summer signing Blind was also replaced in the first half of the Old Trafford win after sustaining a knock to the head in a heavy aerial challenge.

However, speaking to MUTV ahead of his side’s fifth-round clash with Preston, Van Gaal said that both players will be assessed in the build-up to Monday’s game.

The Dutchman also revealed that striker Robin van Persie had sustained a knock.

“I think Jones shall be difficult to play on Monday. Blind, I don’t know, we have to wait and see how he recovers,” Van Gaal told his pre-match news conference on Friday afternoon.

“Robin van Persie also has something, so now I have given the players a day off.

“Only the injured players have visited our centre, but the doctor has not called me yet so I cannot say anything.”

The Dutchman also revealed that midfielder Michael Carrick has suffered a “minor setback” in his recovery from a calf injury.

United are currently third in the Premier League table after their nervy win over Burnley at Old Trafford on Wednesday night.

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