Manchester United have suffered yet another injury blow after Bastian Schweinsteiger injured his thigh during a training session, while on international duty with Germany. The 2014 World Cup winners were preparing for a Euro 2016 qualifier against the Republic of Ireland, which they eventually lost 1-0 on Thursday (8 October).
According to the Daily Mail, the midfielder suffered the injury during his team's final training session on Thursday. It was unclear as to the extent of the injury, which will be a cause of concern for Louis van Gaal, who has anointed the former Bayern Munich star as the new leader of the Red Devils. It was still unclear whether he would participate in Germany's final Euro 2016 qualifier match against Georgia on 11 October.
Joachim Low, however, confirmed after the loss that his skipper had suffered a knock and indicated that it was unlikely he would play on Sunday in the qualifier for a place in the Euro 2016 finals in France next year. The Germany manager, however, admitted that Schweinsteiger will remain with the Die Mannschaft and continue his recovery.
"Schweinsteiger probably won't play on Sunday," The Germany boss said following their 1-0 loss, as quoted by Goal.com.
"The medical staff said he has to take a break for two or three days. He will stay with us and we will see, what is possible. But it does not look like he can play. [Mario] Gotze certainly won't play," Low added.
This will come as a big blow to the 20-times English champions, who have already seen Wayne Rooney being ruled out of England's final two qualifiers against Estonia and Lithuania on 9 and 12 October, respectively. Apart from the duo, defender Marcos Rojo is yet to recover from the hamstring injury sustained during their clash against Southampton at St Mary's on 20 September, which ruled him out of Argentina's World Cup qualifiers against Ecuador and Paraguay.