Manchester United's chances of offloading Javier Hernandez this summer has taken a blow after it was confirmed that the striker had broken his collarbone during an international friendly with Mexico.
The 28-year-old, who spent last season on loan with Real Madrid, is expected to leave Old Trafford in the coming weeks - however his latest setback could put paid to that.
The Manchester United ace collided with Brayan Beckeles during Mexico's friendly with Honduras, which was designed to act as a warm up for the upcoming Gold Cup.
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Now he is staring down at least a month on the sidelines, and maybe even longer. “The fracture of the right collarbone has been confirmed clinically,” Mexico team doctor Gerardo Aguilar said. “He’s being re-evaluated in hospital to confirm what we observed in a radiological study. [He’ll be out] for three to four weeks minimum.”
Mexico boss Miguel Herrera added: “We have not yet seen the results. It will have an impact on the group but we’re just thinking about what is ahead. This is an unfortunate situation we cannot change.
“Chicharito was going through a great period before the injury came, but we must move on.”
The news will come as a blow to Manchester United, who are hoping to offload the forward before the summer window closes.
Real Madrid had the option to sign him on a permanent basis but opted against doing so after he managed just seven goals in 23 La Liga appearances.
A host of Premier League clubs are believed to be looking at Hernandez, with Swansea and Sunderland said to be leading the race.
Manchester United are short of striking options as things stand and may opt to keep him if manager Louis van Gaal manages to offload Robin van Persie and fails to land one of his top targets.
Van Persie is said to be on his way to Turkey with both Fenerbahce and Besiktas interested, although the the Dutchman's family are settled in Manchester and may be reluctant to move.
Manchester United's striking options are looking a little bit thin at the moment. Behind Wayne Rooney they have Van Persie, Hernandez and James Wilson - and although both Hernandez and Van Persie have been top quality options in the past there are now question marks over both.
The difficulty for Van Gaal is who could he possibly bring in; Edinson Cavani is staying put it seems and Karim Benzema won't be sold either. Who else is there of sufficient quality?