Oct 18, 2013, 4:32 PM EDT
David Moyes‘ tough start to his Manchester United tenure isn’t getting any favors from the football gods.
The Scotsman has revealed his club is dealing with a number of injuries to key players following the international break.
The most painful of the bunch (see what I did there?) is that of Robin van Persie, who has picked up a calf problem on international duty and could miss out this weekend against Southampton. He was substituted off at halftime in the Netherland’s 2-0 win over Turkey.
The 30-year-old Dutch striker has already missed a match earlier this season with an injury, the clash with rivals Manchester City in which United fell 4-1.
In addition, Tom Cleverley will definitely be unavailable for selection after injuring his groin on duty for England.
And finally, the most serious of the bunch is Marouane Fellaini‘s wrist injury. He banged it up in United’s match with Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League earlier in October.
According to Moyes, there is somewhat serious ligament and bone damage, but Fellaini can wait to have surgery for up to two years on the wrist and play through the pain. He’s been wearing a wrist protector since the injury.
“It is quite a bad wrist injury” said Moyes. “There is a bit of bone and ligament sticking out.” Great visual, that.
The biggest issue in the former Everton midfielder may be involved with his style of play. A strong and physical presence in the midfield, Fellaini may need his arm strength at 100% to be most effective.
“You do use your arms to hold people off” said Moyes, “and we have to make sure his wrist is not suffering any more damage than it is already.”
With Cleverley out and Fellaini not entirely healthy, it will be interesting to see who Moyes goes with in the Red Devils’ midfield this weekend.
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