Manchester United have suffered a big blow as Christian Eriksen was ruled out of action for three months.
Eriksen suffered an ankle injury against Reading in the FA Cup on Saturday following a bad tackle by Andy Caroll.
The Red Devils have now confirmed the severity of the injury on their website.
“Manchester United midfielder Christian Eriksen is expected to be out of action for an extended period because of an ankle injury sustained in our Emirates FA Cup victory over Reading on Saturday.
“Our Danish midfielder was withdrawn in the second half of the 3-1 win, after being caught by a tackle from Reading striker Andy Carroll, who was later sent off for two bookable offences.”
Ten Hag revealed that the club is disappointed with the outcome of the scan which will rule Eriksen out of action for three months.
‘Of course, he’s disappointed, we are disappointed, but it happens in top football and you have to deal with it.
“As you said, on deadline day it’s different, you can’t make policy on such bad injuries but we have players in the midfield department, good players, we have players who can fill the gap”.
‘It’s quite clear Eriksen brings top quality to our squad and he has some specifics that are hard to replace, such as his impacts in the final third with his final ball.’
Ten Hag confirmed that Fred will take the place of Eriksen in the squad.
He added: ‘He is playing together with Casemiro in the Brazil squad, one of the best in the world.
“They (Brazil) have so many choices they can make, but they play together and that tells something about the quality Fred has and what he can contribute to the team”.
Eriksen joined Manchester United as a free agent in the summer and he has been impressive for the Red Devils.