Manchester United have been left sweating on the fitness of Angel di Maria after the winger was injured during Argentina's friendly against Portugal on Tuesday night, reports The Independent.
Ironically, the alleged injury was caused by Red Devils outcast Nani and the game was played at Old Trafford. Nani, who is on loan with Sporting Lisbon for the season, went in heavily on his club team-mate, which eventually forced him off.
Di Maria was able to play on but was eventually substituted on the hour mark and immediately sent for a scan on his right ankle. The results of the scan could rule him out of the crunch Premier League clash against Arsenal.
Injury played down
Argentina boss Gerardo Martino tried to play down the injury, saying that it was not as serious as it sounds. However, he does admit the tackle from Nani was a heavy one.
"I hope it doesn't swell anymore so I can play at the weekend."
He said to reporters, as quoted in the same report: "We don't think it is anything serious. It was quite a tough blow that he took,"
"It was a tough knock. It cut the skin a little bit. But we have had a look at it and we are evaluating the situation.
"We are having a look at some X-rays, some images that have been taken but in spite of that we don't think it is too serious."
Just a blow
The £280,000-a-week star himself tried to play down fears that he could join a growing contingent of Manchester United stars in the treatment room.
"It was just a blow" he said. "I hope it doesn't swell anymore so I can play at the weekend."
If Di Maria is ruled out for the match against the Gunners, he would join as many as 11 others on the sidelines. Daley Blind, Marcos Rojo, Phil Jones and Jonny Evans are just some of the outfield players currently injured while even David de Gea is a doubt after dislocating his finger whilst training with Spain.
The unproven Paddy Mcnair is likely to deputise at centre-back alongside Chris Smalling, who himself has just returned from suspension.
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