Manchester United's injury curse looks to have struck again after on-loan winger Nani suffered what looked like a thigh injury during Sporting Lisbon's 3-1 victory over Boavista on Friday evening.
The Portugal international had to be substituted midway through the first half of last night's Primeira Liga clash on an artificial pitch at Estadio do Bessa, after pulling up and clutching his right leg.
Nani swiftly signalled to the bench to indicate that he couldn't carry on, and now there are serious doubts about his fitness for next week's vital Champions League clash against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
Andre Carrillo replaced the injured Red Devils outcast on 31 minutes, and Sporting manager Marco Silva confirmed that Nani now faces a race against time to recover for Wednesday's crunch European tie in west London.
"Let’s see - Nani complained of a thigh problem," he is quoted saying by Goal.com. "We will wait for the results of our evaluations and try to understand what the injury is."
With four goals in five appearances in Europe's elite club competition, the 28-year-old's absence will come as a significant blow to Sporting, who require one point from their final Group G game to secure a place in the knockout stages of this year's tournament.
Manchester United fans will also be looking on with interest to see just how bad Nani's injury is, because another setback for another Old Trafford star is the last thing that Louis van Gaal needs right now, particularly if there is any truth in recent rumours that the Dutch coach is considering bringing the player back to England in January.
Judging by the glum look that was written all over Nani's face as he sat uncomfortably on the bench holding an ice pack round his heavily bandaged leg, the Portuguese wide-man could be facing an extended spell on the sidelines and will be lucky to play again this year.
Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE: http://gms.to/writeforgms