Manchester United News: Louis Van Gaal Suffers More Striker Injury Woes

Manchester United striker Will Keane has suffered frequently with injuries.
Will Keane of Manchester United at the Stadium of Light, February 13, 2016. Keane must undergo surgery on a groin problem. Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

Manchester United can hardly afford another injury crisis, with its captain Wayne Rooney out of action potentially until the end of the season and Anthony Martial only just returning from injury.

Manager Louis Van Gaal has been given an unexpected boon with 18-year-old Marcus Rashford's startling emergence into the senior team, the academy graduate scoring four times in his first two appearances.

But Martial, United's best player this season, has been laid low in the past week with a hamstring tweak, while Rooney suffered knee ligament damage in mid-February and may be sidelined for several months.

So news that 23-year-old Will Keane needs surgery on a groin injury, according to the Manchester Evening News, is sure to send another groan through the ranks of the club's supporters.

"I have Rooney, I have Martial, I have Rashford," Van Gaal said. "I had Will Keane but Keane is injured and will be operated on. When I have more players, I will rotate."

Keane has struggled to make a proper breakthrough at Old Trafford, hardly aided by a succession of injuries including a particularly bad knee ligament injury of his own in 2012.

He made a first senior appearance in over four years against Shrewsbury Town in the FA Cup last month, but strained his groin reaching for a loose pass.

With Martial and Rashford both younger than Keane and apparently more durable, he may have to move on this summer.

For now, though, Van Gaal remains short of options up front.