David de Gea limps off for Spain leaving United sweating on his injury

Manchester United face an anxious wait to determine the extent of the muscle injury David de Gea sustained in Spain’s match against Sweden, with the crunch clash against Liverpool on the horizon.

De Gea was replaced by Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga on the hour mark, with what looked like a groin problem after he was seen grimacing shortly after clearing the ball.

United’s number one looked in good form in the game making a fantastic save to deny Robin Quaison and then making a stunning double save later on.

After an indifferent period of form by his high standards, De Gea had been showing signs of getting back to his consistent shot stopping best.

His injury hands a fresh selection headache to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with a crucial Premier League fixture against the clubs fierce rivals Liverpool to come on Sunday.

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Solskjaer would have hoped that the international break could be used as an opportunity to get some of his key players back into contention, but the injury to De Gea will be a hammer blow to the Norwegian.

The severity of De Gea’s injury remains unclear but backup goalkeeper Sergio Romero would start in the Spaniard’s absence against Jurgen Klopp’s men if the former Atletico Madrid stopper was to be ruled out.

The injury is another setback for De Gea on the international stage after Robert Moreno made it clear that the number one goalkeeping jersey will now be alternated between Kepa and De Gea, due to the United stoppers inconsistent form.

De Gea, who was playing against his United teammate Victor Lindelöf left the pitch with his side trailing 1-0, but Spain scored an injury-time equaliser to share the spoils.

United fans will now be sweating on the fitness of De Gea and worried that any muscle injury could put him out of action for a significant period ahead of a crucial run of fixtures.

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