Manchester United midfielder ruled out for three months with ankle injury

Manchester United midfielder Christian Eriksen faces an “extended period” on the touchline because of an ankle injury sustained in the 3-1 win over Reading on Saturday.

Although we were happy to progress in the FA Cup, it was a blow to see Eriksen leave Old Trafford on crutches. I think most fans feared the worst about his injury and now we’ve been given an update on how long is he expected to be ruled out.

A statement from Manchester United read: “Our Danish midfielder was withdrawn in the second half of the 3-1 win, after being caught by a tackle from Reading striker Andy Carroll, who was later sent off for two bookable offences.

“While investigations are continuing, initial assessments indicate that Eriksen is likely to be out until late April or early May.

“The 30-year-old’s absence will be a big disappointment to manager Erik ten Hag and fans, given the consistency of his performances throughout the season so far, making 31 appearances since arriving at Old Trafford.

“However, there is hope that Christian can return in time to play a role in the final stages of the campaign.

“We all wish Christian the best of luck for a speedy recovery.”

This means Eriksen is set to miss several key games for United, including an important European tie against La Liga giants Barcelona.

The responsibility of starting big games will fall to Fred or Scott McTominay, but we think the Brazilian has a better chance as things stand, with United unlikely to sign anymore first team players in the January transfer window.

Maybe they should look to sign a midfielder on loan, though.

United take on Nottingham Forest in the Carabao Cup semi-final on Wednesday night and Ten Hag is expected to rotate his team. It could be a chance for fringe players to make an impression on the manager.

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