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Anthony Martial left Wembley on crutches last night

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Manchester United ace Anthony Martial left Wembley on crutches last night after picking up an injury during France's friendly match against England.

The 19-year-old has been a revelation since signing for the Red Devils over the summer from Monaco in a deal worth an initial £38 million, and has managed three goals in eight Premier League appearances to date.

Martial managed 67 minutes against England, who ran out 2-0 winners on an emotional night just days after a string of coordinated terrorist attacks left 129 dead in Paris, before being substituted off.

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There has been no update over the severity of the injury and French boss Didier Deschamps described it as a 'knock', although conceded the youngster was in considerable pain.

"He was in quite a bit of pain,” he said. “He got a kick in the penalty area. I think it’s just a knock rather than anything else to the top of his foot.”

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Martial will undergo a scan ahead of Manchester United's Premier League fixture against Watford, and faces a race against time to be fit for that fixture.

Goals from Dele Alli and Manchester United's Wayne Rooney sealed the win for the Three Lions last night, although the scoreline was a secondary consideration as football united to mourn those who lost their lives in Paris.

“It was always going to be a difficult night for everyone, especially the French players and staff. For ourselves to be involved in this occasion was tough, the young players were excited but it was a difficult game for them,” said Rooney.

The Red Devils can scarcely afford to do with Martial ahead of the busy Christmas period, having struggled in front of goal in recent weeks. They currently sit in fourth place in the league but have managed just 17 goals in 12 games - the third worst record in the top 10.

How big of a loss would Martial be to Manchester United if he is seriously injured? 

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