Just at a time when Angel Di Maria was beginning to show glimpses of his brilliance playing for Argentina at the Copa America, he picked up a possible long-term injury.
In the semi-final of the continental competition Di Maria whet the appetite of Manchester United fans everywhere by scoring twice in a brutal 6-1 demolition of Paraguay. Chasing silverware alongside the likes of Lionel Messi, the Argentine stormed into the final of the competition.
However, in the penultimate game versus Chile, the highly-rated winger had to be removed from play after sustaining a hamstring injury in the first-half of the game.
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Chile later went on to win the game, edging out with a 4-1 overall win on penalties, resulting in Argentina's second loss in a major tournament final in as many years.
Di Maria and his Argentina team-mate Marcos Rojo were already due to skip the Red Devil's pre-season tour of the United States, with manager Louis van Gaal keen on allowing a lengthy break following their participation in the tournament. Now, the United medical team wait nervously on further developments on the injury.
Di Maria fortunes
This comes as the latest setback in a long spell of bad luck for the Argentine, who is obviously devastated he cannot begin to repay the huge fee United paid for him with brilliant and consistent performances in his second year with the club.
Now United fans must wait even further to see this greatness in action, though all will be hoping his injury layoff isn't as lengthy as first feared.
United fans, could Di Maria yet turn out to be a fantastic buy by Van Gaal? Let us know your thoughts in the comments box below.
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