Daley Blind
Blind went off after 39 minutes due to a head blow but could return for the visit to Preston.Getty Images

Manchester United midfielder Daley Blind remains on course to recover from the head injury he suffered in the 3-1 win over Burnley in time to face Preston North End in the FA Cup fifth round on Monday.

Blind was replaced by Ander Herrera after 39 minutes at Old Trafford after an incident involving returning teammate Jonny Evans, with the Holland international led down the tunnel to receive further treatment.

The subject of head injuries in sport was thrust into the public consciousness when Chelsea opted to delay substituting Thibaut Courtois earlier in the season, but United refused to take a risk with Blind, who was substituted soon after suffering the blow and will continue to be monitored.

United manager Louis van Gaal said after the game he believed Blind would be fit and available for the FA Cup tie at Preston on Monday and Blind has confirmed his recovery is going according to plan in an Instagram message on Thursday.

The 24 year old wrote: "Thanks for all the messages, I feel much better now. Happy with the important 3 points!"

Van Gaal said after the game on Wednesday: "Daley Blind has a headache and maybe tomorrow it is better. I don't think Blind will be out for next Monday's game."

The former Ajax midfielder has been joined on the sidelines by defender Phil Jones, who became the latest injury victim during a campaign which has been littered with fitness concerns for Van Gaal.

Jones was replaced after just five minutes with a knee problem and replaced by Chris Smalling, who scored twice in the first half as United rose to third in the Premier League table.

"I think, for Jones, we have to wait and see," Van Gaal told MUTV. "I think it shall be difficult as he was very disappointed when I spoke with him. Maybe it's a knee problem so it's not good.

He added to BBC Sport: "For Phil Jones, I fear. I don't know. We'll have to wait and see tomorrow."

Thanks for al the messages, I feel much better now. Happy with the important 3 points! #MUFC

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