Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has been dealt another injury blow with the news that Ashley Young will undergo surgery on the groin injury he sustained against Liverpool.
The 30-year-old winger was doing duty at right-back for United at Anfield on Sunday when he pulled up towards the end of the first half and although he tried to continue, the problem forced him off moments later.
Injury has already robbed Van Gaal of his other full-backs, with Luke Shaw, Marcos Rojo and Antonio Valencia all currently on the sidelines, while fellow defender Phil Jones (ankle) is still not ready to return.
The Dutchman revealed on Friday that Young is expected to be out for a lengthy spell, leaving him without seven players for the visit of Southampton on Saturday.
“Ashley Young has a severe groin injury, it shall be operated on, so he’s [out] for a long time,” van Gaal told MUTV.
“It’s unbelievable, but we’re not lucky with that. Jones and [Bastian] Schweinsteiger cannot come back this weekend. You can count it and we have seven injuries.”