Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea is facing up to a month out of action, having dislocated his finger whilst on international duty with Spain, reports the Independent.
The Spaniard has been United’s outstanding player over the past 12 months, and his absence will come as a major blow to Louis van Gaal.
De Gea suffered the injury whilst training with the Spanish national team on Friday night, after reportedly saving a shot from Valencia forward Paco Alcacer.
“The keeper David de Gea was forced to stop training after suffering an injury to the fifth finger of his right hand,” read a statement on the national team’s official website.
“Having suffered a similar situation in the past, De Gea will remain with the squad and will wait to see how he improves.”
The news comes at the worst possible time for Manchester United, who have a host of injury and suspennsion worries in the defensive positions.
Louis van Gaal was forced to pair Daley Blind and Paddy McNair at centre back for last weekend’s 1-0 win over Crystal Palace, whilst De Gea has started all 11 Premier League matches this term – keeping three clean sheets.