Manchester United midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger is facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines after picking up a medial ligament injury during a training session with Germany ahead of their friendlies with England and Italy. It is the same injury that he picked up earlier in the year with the Red Devils, which saw him miss 13 matches and make a comeback just ahead of the international break.

According to the Manchester Evening News, the German midfielder could miss the rest of the season with the latest setback, which will be a big blow for Louis van Gaal's team, who are chasing a top-four finish in the Premier League and are currently in sixth place, one point behind rivals Manchester City in fourth place.

The former Bayern Munich star pulled up during a training session and his injury was confirmed by the German football association following a scan with the medical team. He is set to return to United's Carrington training complex for further assessment by the Red Devils' medical staff.

Joachim Low admitted there was no physical contact with another player involved in causing his injury, which the manager admitted looked like a relapse of an earlier one that had kept him out from mid-January to the beginning of March this year. Moreover, the Germany boss did not give a positive view on the extent of the damage, which will come as a big blow for Schweinsteiger and could also put his participation in Euro 2016 in doubt.

"He was injured at the end of training without any other involvement, while playing a pass. It is likely to be the ligament which he had injured a few weeks ago. He is being checked out in Munich at the moment so I am not able to give an exact diagnosis but it does not look positive," Low said, as quoted by the Manchester Evening News.