Manchester United have suffered a major blow as defender Phil Jones is reportedly ruled out for up to three weeks with a hamstring injury which he picked up in the Euro 2016 qualifier game against Switzerland in Basel.
According to the Daily Mail, the United medical staff have assessed the player following his return and have confirmed the injury. But early fears of the defender being out for a month have been dispelled and it is now claimed that his absence will be for two to three weeks.
It is a big blow for Louis van Gaal ahead of their game against Queens Park Rangers, especially with the Red Devils yet to win a game this Premier League season.
It is believed that United will hand debuts to new signings, Marcos Rojo, Radamel Falcao, Luke Shaw and Daley Blind in the game against the Hoops.
Meanwhile, United new boy Blind has admitted his delight at working with van Gaal again after earning the manager's trust during his stint with the Netherlands team. The former Ajax defender played an important role during the Dutch team's World Cup campaign and believes he will become a better player under the tutelage of the Dutchman.
"He is very strict and direct in what he wants. The players have to do exactly what is the best to try to win games. Every game is in a certain style. For every game, he is reading the games very well and his predictions came true for almost every game at the World Cup," Blind said, as quoted on United's official site.
"The manager gave me a lot of trust during the World Cup and the qualification games. I'm happy to work again with the coach. I've learned a lot from him and hope I learn more and get better with every game," the Netherlands international added.