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Published: 16:30 | 1/4/16

Van Gaal: Schweinsteiger loss a big blow

Bastian Schweinsteiger's season could be over as a result of the knee injury he sustained while on international duty with Germany.

Having only just returned from a spell on the sidelines, the midfielder was injured in training ahead of last week's friendly against England in Berlin and is facing another lay-off.

Manchester United have eight matches remaining and manager Louis van Gaal admits the loss of Schweinsteiger is a big blow to the hopes of finishing in the top four.

"Schweinsteiger was injured already before the matches. I think on the second day of training. That's a big blow for us and also for the national team," Van Gaal told MUTV.

However, when asked if the German international would miss the rest of the season, the manager added; "You can never say anything about that because he's started his rehabilitation. You have to wait and see."

While Schweinsteiger is facing a spell out, Luke Shaw and Wayne Rooney are closing in on a return to first-team action.

Shaw suffered a double fracture of the leg during the Champions League defeat to PSV Eindhoven in September, while Rooney has been out since picking up an injury during the defeat to Sunderland in February.

Rooney is expected to feature for the club's Under-21 side before making his first team return, while Shaw will begin training on Monday.

“Wayne is doing great. He has more or less the same injury as Basti has now. He’s doing great. Today he has trained on a lower level with a little bit of skill training, so with the ball. It's going very good with him," Van Gaal added.

Regarding Shaw, the manager stated: “Monday, he is back on the training pitch for the first time but that's a start with the physio, not a start with the trainer coach. Wayne is already with the trainer coach.”

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