Angel di Maria was forced to make a tearful exit from the Copa America final, which Argentina eventually lost on penalties, and Manchester United will now anxiously be awaiting news on the injury sustained by their record acquisition.
Di Maria pulled up with a hamstring complaint shortly before the half hour mark of the encounter with hosts Chile at the Estadio Nacional in Santiago and had to be replaced by Ezequiel Lavezzi.
It represented yet more bad luck for Di Maria who, last summer, was injured in the quarter-final of the World Cup and subsequently missed the remainder of the tournament, during which Argentina reached the final.
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During his maiden campaign at Manchester United, Di Maria was able to make only 20 starts in the Premier League with his season often interrupted by injury, and there will be concern at Old Trafford once more.
The 27-year-old, along with Marcos Rojo, was already set to be afforded an extended period of rest given his international commitments this summer, and Louis van Gaal will hope the £59.7 million signing will recover during this break.
Di Maria’s second season in England could really be the making of him as a Manchester United player and a long-term injury would be far from the ideal start. After an inconsistent 2014/15, he will soon need to begin paying back that sizeable transfer fee in earnest.
The former Real Madrid player, meanwhile, would likely have been tasked with taking a penalty in the shootout that Argentina lost after the final had finished goalless on Saturday evening, with Chile triumphing 4-1 to win the Copa America for the first time.
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