Louis van Gaal
Van Gaal gives injury update ahead of Arsenal game. Getty

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal confirmed both Angel Di Maria and David De Gea are ready for the visit to Arsenal on Saturday – but Daley Blind may be out of action for a long spell.

Di Maria took a kick to the ankle from Nani during Argentina's 1-0 defeat to Portugal at Old Trafford but the boss has played down concerns claiming he is available for the trip to the Emirates Stadium.

As IBTimes UK revealed earlier this week, De Gea is also fit to play as even though he dislocated the little finger on his right hand while on international duty the injury was not as serious as first feared.

"De Gea is good, no problem," van Gaal confirmed.

However, van Gaal has confirmed the bad news over Blind, who may be out of action for a while after suffering a serious knee injury in Holland's 6-0 win over Latvia.

"He is not ready. He has a brace on his knee. It'll be 10 days' rest, then we'll have another scan and say more about his injury. It's not as bad as the doctors thought after the match, but it shall be a long story, I believe, but not six months or something like that."

Meanwhile, Michael Carrick's and Luke Shaw's participation remain in doubt until the very last minute after the pair picked up minor injuries on international duty.

"We have to wait for tomorrow's training session to decide if [some players] are back. My philosophy is that you have to train at least one week with the squad, better two. But if you see our circumstances, we maybe have to bring players back to the squad,"

"I think I have to wait for the reaction in training with Carrick, but I also expect he's ready to play."

Meanwhile, the manager has confirmed all Falcao, Jonny Evans, Rafael and Phil Jones remains unavailable for Saturday.

The Colombian striker was expected to return to action for the Arsenal game but may have to spend one more week on the sidelines.

"Evans is coming back. I think he'll play in the second squad. The other players are not coming back. When they are coming back they need two weeks' training. You have to build up [your fitness]."