Manchester United star David de Gea could be facing up to four weeks on the sidelines after dislocating his finger on international duty with Spain, reports The Mail.
The goalkeeper is still be assessed by Spain's team doctor who will decide later today whether to send him back to Old Trafford to start his rehabilitation. Should he remain with the national team it is safe to assume that he has a chance of playing in the friendly clash against Germany next week.
However, The Mail believe he could miss the next four weeks with the injury which would see him miss key games against Arsenal and Southampton while he would be a doubt for the game against Liverpool on December 14.
De Gea suffered the injury in a routine training session after saving a shot from Valencia striker Paco Alcacer. It is another injury blow for Spain, who are also without Chelsea's Cesc Fabregas ahead of their Euro 2016 qualifier against Belarus.
Spain need a win against Belarus to stay in touch with Slovakia, who lead the reigning European champions by three points in Group C. Spain can still qualify by finishing second, but a defeat to Belarus will likely see them drop below Ukraine to third.
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Crisis at Old Trafford
Louis van Gaal will also be left sweating over De Gea's injury, especially as he is preparing to take on Arsenal at the Emirates next Saturday. De Gea has played every game for the Red Devils so far with reserve goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard not appearing since pre-season.
Lindegaard has been tipped to leave Old Trafford in the January transfer window with Victor Valdes likely to sign a short term contract. However, the former Barcelona man is not ready to return from a serious knee injury but is back in full training with Manchester United.
If De Gea is ruled out for four weeks it will certainly help to speed up a free transfer for Valdes.