Christian Eriksen is expected to be out for an extended period of time with an ankle injury.
The Manchester United midfielder limped off in the second half of Saturday’s 3-1 win against Reading in the FA Cup after being caught by a tackle from Andy Carroll.
The Royals striker was later sent off for two bookable offences.
Eriksen was then seen leaving Old Trafford on crutches, too.
Now, a statement on the Red Devils’ website reveals that after undergoing some initial assessments, the Danish ace is expected to be out ‘until late April or early May’.
The news will come as a blow to Man United manager Erik ten Hag, who he’s given 31 appearances to since the pair arrived at Old Trafford in the summer.
In that time, Eriksen has contributed two goals and nine assists in all competitions, with him working brilliantly with fellow midfielders Bruno Fernandes and fellow summer arrival Casemiro.
Despite his injury, though, Ten Hag isn’t going to bring in someone to fill his spot, despite midfielder Donny van de Beek also being out injured until the end of the season.
“On deadline day it’s difficult [to bring someone in], you can’t make policy on such bad injuries,” he said.
“But we have players in the midfield department. Good players. We have players who can fill the gap.”
He continued: “I think you can never fill that [gap] because every player has his own characteristics, identity, another player will always fill in a different way, but it doesn’t mean you have to be less successful.
“It’s quite clear Christian Eriksen brings top quality to our squad and he has some specifics that are hard to replace, such as his impacts in the final third with his final ball.”
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