Manchester United have suffered another big injury blow, with manager David Moyes having confirmed that winger Nani has sustained a hamstring problem that could keep him out of the first-team reckoning for a number of weeks.
27-year-old Nani, who recently helped Portugal to qualify for the 2014 World Cup at the expense of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Sweden, has made eight appearances in the Premier League so far this season, with his last coming in the disappointing 1-0 defeat to Newcastle.
"Nani has got a hamstring injury and we were worried about that. It's worse than we hoped so that might well keep him out for a few weeks," Moyes told reporters during a press conference that was quoted by Goal.com.
The tricky wideman tends to polarise opinion among Manchester United supporters, with many evidently believing that he is certainly not worthy of the considerable hype that surrounded his career following his move to Old Trafford to Sporting Lisbon back in 2007.
However, despite his waning popularity, Nani remains an important figure for Manchester United given the paucity of options Moyes has in the wide areas.
While Adnan Januzaj has been one particular bright spark during an otherwise troubled campaign for the reigning Premier League champions, the likes of Antonio Valencia and Ashley Young are yet to prove themselves particularly consistent.
Manchester United, who will miss Nani and also prolific Dutch forward Robin van Persie for the foreseeable future, will be looking for back-to-back top-flight wins this weekend as they face struggling West Ham United at Old Trafford.