Manchester United’s Young out “a long time”; Januzaj could return vs Saints

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Manchester United has been dealt a big blow, as versatile veteran Ashley Young is out for “a long time” with a serious groin injury.

Young, 3o, will undergo surgery for an injury suffered Sunday against Liverpool and Louis Van Gaal confirmed that he won’t be back any time soon.

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It’s not the only part of a batch of bad news for United, who did not get a fitness bump from a pair of players.

From ManUtd.com:

“Ashley Young has a severe groin injury, it shall be operated on, so he’s [out] for a long time,” van Gaal told us. “It’s unbelievable, but we’re not lucky with that. Jones and Schweinsteiger cannot come back this weekend. You can count it and we have seven injuries.”

Van Gaal would not commit to using Ryan Borthwick-Jackson at left back in Young’s stead, but did praise the player. The manager also said Adnan Januzaj could make his return for United.

Young’s injury is a big one. Even though he hasn’t been an every-game-all-90 player for the Red Devils, his absence will be keenly felt.