Christian Eriksen is expected to be out for an extended amount of time thanks to a reckless challenge by Reading striker Andy Carroll. Carroll was later sent off, but the initial foul on Eriksen should’ve been a straight red card. Although United won the game, losing the highly influential Danish midfielder for months is a bitter pill to swallow.
Although the injury is still being assessed, early indications are that Eriksen will be out until late April or sometime in May. It’s hoped he can play some part in the later stages of the season.
Whether Erik ten Hag pursues a replacement in the form of a new loan signing, recalls a player from loan or uses tries someone from within the current squad is up for question.
Erik ten Hag had his say:
Of course, he is disappointed about it, we are disappointed about it,” he said. “It happens in top football, you have to deal with it
…something coming out on deadline day is difficult and you can’t make policy on such bad injuries but we have players in the midfield department, good players, we also have players who can fill the gap.
…So, it doesn’t mean that you have to be less successful but it’s quite clear that Christian Eriksen, for our squad, brings top quality and he has some specifics that are hard to replace. For instance, his impact in the final third, [with his] final ball.