That effectively confirms Schweinsteiger is going to miss the rest of the season for Manchester United and is the latest in a string of injuries in what has been a frustratingly stop-start campaign for him since joining from Bayern Munich.
Speaking to reporters ahead of the Everton game on Sunday, van Gaal admitted it looked unlikely for Schweinsteiger to be fit in time for the summer.
“Schweinsteiger was injured already before the matches,” van Gaal told reporters on Friday.
“I think on the second day of training. That’s a big blow for us and also for the national team.
“You can never say anything about that [missing the rest of the season] because he’s started his rehabilitation. You have to wait and see.”
“Schweinsteiger is a tragic injury because the expectation is not so good for him in respect of of the European Championship [in the summer], but you never know!
“He has to work hard for that because he wants to play and the Germany national manager wants him to play, so I hope that he can reach that, but it shall be difficult.”
Schweinsteiger’s injury record over the last couple of years served as a warning ahead of signing him but it was a calculated gamble and when he’s been fit this year you’ve seen exactly why but the problem is that hasn’t happened often enough.
There was such a palpable buzz when we signed Schweinsteiger and Schneiderlin last summer but we’ll all be honest and say it hasn’t lived up to expectations in the slightest, thanks both to injuries and van Gaal’s player preference.
Hopefully Schweinsteiger can make a miraculous turnaround but by the sounds of it, we’ve seen the last of him in a United shirt, for this season at least.