Scott McTominay suffered a knee injury in Manchester United’s win over Newcastle.
He went off at half-time and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said after the game the young midfielder is not expected to be available this weekend.
Solskjaer said it is a knee ligament injury, raising the possibility it may potentially be serious.
The MEN reported McTominay left Old Trafford on crutches, with BBC Sport’s Simon Stone reporting Solskjaer’s update.
Best and worst case scenarios
The absolute best case scenario is that this is just a minor strain and McTominay will be back in time for cup games at Wolves or Manchester City in early January.
The New Year’s Day game at Arsenal is probably too optimistic.
A worst case scenario is that McTominay has torn his ACL. This would be a nightmare for the club and player.
Timothy Fosu-Mensah suffered the same injury last January out on loan and has been out all year.
It could even be a more mid-term injury like the one which has caused Eric Bailly to miss the first half of this season.
These scenarios are unlikely, but as soon as the words ‘knee ligaments’ are used, you have to brace for all options.
We have to keep our fingers crossed this turns out to be nothing. The fact McTominay played on and completed the first half is commendable to his attitude, but it does not rule out a serious injury. In fact he may just have aggravated it further.
Never a good time
United’s insanely busy fixture schedule means this is a terrible time for McTominay to miss even just one month of action.
Premier League games away at Arsenal and Liverpool, the FA Cup, and Carabao Cup semi-finals make it a busy start to 2020 for United.
Paul Pogba’s return to action is well timed, and he will have to step up now.
It would still be frustrating though to be deprived of a McTominay-Pogba-Fred trio, with the three yet to start a fixture together this season so far.
United might have to hold onto Nemanja Matic for the time being too, while James Garner and Dylan Levitt could get more minutes.
More additions needed
Even if this is just an injury scare and McTominay is back in a week, this does emphasise how badly United need reinforcements.
Midfield is an area United should have strengthened in the summer after letting Ander Herrera leave.
A new addition was needed anyway, even before this potential blow. Now the club need to act quickly.
Work should already have been done to line up a midfielder. Taking into account the fixture schedule, leaving it until January’s transfer deadline may be too late.
Get better Scott !!!
All wishing Scott McTominay a swift recovery and a healthy and successful 2020.
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