Manchester United have been dealt a blow in their January pursuit of Leighton Baines, after the Everton defender suffered a fractured metatarsal injury in Saturday's Merseyside derby, reports the Daily Mirror.
The England international had been heavily linked with a move to the Premier League champions in the New Year, with the Daily Star reporting only last week that the 28-year-old remains at the top of the club's wish-list.
Red Devils boss David Moyes has already raided his former club for the services of Marouane Fellaini, who moved to Old Trafford in a £27.5million deal on summer deadline day.
And, it was expected that the Scot would return to Goodison Park again for Baines, who will not be allowed to leave Everton for anything less than £20million, according to the same Daily Star report.
Roberto Martinez will see Baines's absence as a huge blow to his side's aspirations of breaking into the top four, ahead of a crucial December period.
However, the Spanish manager might also secretly be counting his blessings if the injury news ends Manchester United's chances of signing the left-back in January.
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