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John Brewin profile picture  By John Brewin

Angel Di Maria suffered pelvic injury, confirms Louis van Gaal

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal is waiting to discover the full extent of Angel Di Maria's latest injury setback.

Di Maria missed United's 3-1 win over Newcastle United on Boxing Day after picking up a pelvic injury in training ahead of the match at Old Trafford.

The Argentina international had only recently returned to fitness after limping off early in his side's 3-0 win over Hull on Nov 29.

"He stepped out of the warm up," Van Gaal said. "It was a little bit amazing because he did everything very well, but he stepped out, and now we have to see the analysis.

"The pelvis is not in a right relationship, with his leg," was the Dutchman's description of the forward's latest injury. "It is more for the doctor to explain not for me."

With Daley Blind, Ander Herrera, Marouane Fellaini and Di Maria all absent with injuries, Rooney has stepped back from the frontline, and been key to home victories over Liverpool and now Newcastle.

Van Gaal, though said he was hopeful his team's injury crisis might soon be at an end.

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"All the injuries are coming back," he said. "It's a little bit late for us because now we have to play a lot of games in one week They are coming back. Within two weeks, I think a lot of players are coming back.

"He is responding very well," said Van Gaal when asked about defender Marcos Rojo. "Blind is responding very well also but maybe two weeks."

Adnan Januzaj and Fellaini are both absent with a virus, the manager confirmed.

He added: "Januzaj is ill. It is a virus that is now running in the air. The virus has approached a lot of players but for him, it was too much.

"Also Fellaini... I think it is the Belgium virus! Will he be ready for Spurs? No he is ill. Fellaini and Adnan are not ready

"Rojo is responding very well, that is what I mean. All of the players are responding very well. Blind is also responding very well. But okay, maybe two weeks."


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