Manchester United fans will be hoping Nani takes extra care as he recovers from injury, after the Daily Star reported that the defender could be out for the rest of the season should his gash become infected.
The United star was tackled by defender Jamie Carragher in the Manchester Liverpool derby on Sunday, and was literally cut to the bone – his shin bone visible as he was carried off on a stretcher looking visibly angry and upset.
Sir Alex Ferguson is still imposing a media black out at Old Trafford, and refused to talk to any news outlets after the game, so information on Nani’s injury has been few and far between.
Manchester United medical staff have revealed Nani suffered a ‘very deep gash’ and needed stitches, and is forecast to be out for up to a month while his leg heals. The risk of infection increases with sweating, so it appears the winger will be out for a long spell while he recovers.
Nani took to his Twitter today to let fans and well wishers know he was on the mend. ‘'thank you for your support after my injure. i hope to be back really soon,' he wrote.
Meanwhile, Antonio Valencia completed a private training game with a mixture of reserves and youngsters last night in preparation for a possible return.
Valencia was part of the travelling party to Liverpool on Sunday, but didn’t start on the bench. He is training with the United first squad again, fuelling rumours that he might be included in the side that takes on Bolton in their next Barclays Premier League game on March 19.
Valencia’s comeback will be at the top of Sir Alex Ferguson’s mind, with the Ecuadorian winger the perfect replacement for an injured Nani.
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