Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea has suffered a dislocated finger on his right hand while on training with Spain, ruling him out of their clash with Belarus tomorrow.
He will also likely miss the game against Germany next week, and it remains unclear as to whether he will miss any games for the Red Devils. De Gea will remain with Spain for the international break and will be monitored throughout.
Manchester United confirmed the setback via their official Twitter feed earlier today. The message read: 'The Spain national team report David De Gea has dislocated a finger on his right hand. He remains with the squad where he will be assessed.'
The news is the latest setback for Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal who has been forced to contend with seeing his squad decimated by injury this season, particularly at the back. De Gea has been in excellent form and the Dutch boss won't want to lose his number one for a single game, and so faces a nervous wait.
As well as being a blow for Manchester United, it represents a setback in De Gea's plans to dislodge Iker Casillas as Spain's number one.
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If De Gea is ruled out of the clash against Arsenal which follows this international break, then Anders Lindegaard will step in between the posts. De Gea has so far started all eleven of the club's Premier League fixtures and was voted their player of the month for October.
Manchester United will also likely be without defenders Jonny Evans and Phil Jones for the game against the Gunners while Rafael is also struggling to be fit, and the thought of a second choice 'keeper and makeshift defence will concern the Old Trafford faithful.
So far the Red Devils have struggled for consistency this season, and they are currently seventh with 16 points from eleven games. Van Gaal's men bagged a 1-0 win in their last outing against Crystal Palace but it was far from convincing, and they'll undoubtedly have to improve in order to get anything from the Gunners.