Another injury to a key midfielder has Manchester United boss David Moyes weighing up a potential swap deal involving Javier Hernandez, reports suggest.
According to The Daily Telegraph, the Red Devils fear that Michael Carrick faces a spell on the sidelines after suffering an ankle injury earlier this week and that has left Moyes pondering a possible swap involving Hernandez and Inter Milan playmaker Fredy Guarin.
Carrick, who is widely regarded as Manchester United's best option in midfield, reportedly faces a month out of action with ligament damage picked up during the club's frankly dismal penalty shootout loss to lowly Sunderland in the Capital One Cup on Wednesday night.
Such an injury to the England international would appear to leave Moyes somewhat light in the middle of the park and Guarin - a player linked to Manchester United over the last month - would appear to be attainable after a potential deal for him to move to Italian rivals to Juventus was halted by Inter president Erick Thohir.
Inter are reportedly keen on Hernandez - who is believed to be rated at around the £15 million mark - and it has been speculated today that the 25-year-old is hoping to quit Manchester United before the end of the month due to frustrations over a lack of first-team football ahead of the World Cup in Brazil.
Although the Mexican striker is held in high-regard among fans at Old Trafford, his form this season has been less than impressive and it could potentially suit Manchester United to attempt to receive something valuable in return for his services.
However, the recent injury layoffs suffered by the likes of Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie - arguably the club's two most important players - should leave the Scot treading carefully when considering the sale of one of his strikers.
Guarin, who has been with Inter since arriving permanently from Portuguese outfit Porto last year, has also been linked with Premier League rivals Chelsea in recent weeks, with Jose Mourinho presumably attempting to reinforce his midfield sufficiently as his side gear up for a sustained title push at Stamford Bridge.
The Colombian international, who will equally be hoping that he is able to have an impact for his country in Brazil this summer, is reportedly available for £8 million.