Manchester United are set to be without record signing Angel di Maria for two weeks after his wife revealed that he had suffered a small tear in his hamstring against Hull City.
Jorgelina Cardoso, who has quite the following on Instagram, confirmed to one fan that the results of his scan had come back with bad news. Now the Daily Star have claimed Di Maria could miss the crucial Premier League tie against Liverpool on 14 December.
Manchester United have still not confirmed the extent of Di Maria's injury, which saw him limp out of Saturday's 3-0 win over the Tigers in the opening 15 minutes. Louis van Gaal confirmed yesterday that he would miss tonight's game against Stoke City but refused to be drawn on how long he could be out for.
She told one fan via direct message: "There is a small tear."
The news will come as a further blow to the Red Devils, who have seen a number of stars succumb to injury already this season. Luke Shaw, Marcos Rojo, Phil Jones, Jonny Evans and Rafael and all missed at least a month of action already while Daley Blind is also out.
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Boost for Liverpool
Radamel Falcao has missed several games since joining on loan from AS Monaco but made his return against Hull City. It looks as though Di Maria will fill his space in the treatment room for the next two weeks.
Losing the £59.7 million star will be a big boost for Liverpool, who could use all the help they can get ahead of their trip to Old Trafford. Brendan Rodgers saw a Luis Suarez-inspired Liverpool win 3-0 in the Theatre of Dreams last season, but the formbook has been flipped on its head since then.
Not having to face Di Maria, who earns a reported £280,000-a-week at Manchester United, will be a tremendous boost for the Reds. However, Robin van Persie's return to goalscoring form should give Van Gaal confidence.
Di Maria has been impressive for Manchester United since joining from Real Madrid in the summer. 11 Premier League starts have seen him create six goals and score three himself.