Alejandro Garnacho confirms he’s facing a spell on the sidelines with an ankle injury sustained in Man United’s draw with Southampton… with the winger also forced out of Argentina duty this month
- Man United’s Alejandro Garnacho limped off against Southampton on Sunday
- The wonderkid confirmed he will pull out of international duty with Argentina
- Garnacho took to social media to admit he is now set for a spell on the sidelines
Manchester United wonderkid Alejandro Garnacho has admitted he is set for a spell on the sidelines after suffering an ankle injury against Southampton at the weekend.
The 18-year-old winger, who has broken into the first team this season, limped off in United’s 0-0 draw against Saints on Sunday after a firm but fair sliding tackle from Kyle Walker-Peters.
Garnacho, who had come on as a substitute in the 73rd minute, seemed in agony on the Old Trafford pitch after the challenge on 82 minutes but played on for a further eight before being taken off in the final minute.
After the match, Red Devils manager Erik ten Hag insisted his starlet’s injury was not ‘too bad’.
But the talented teenager took to social media on Tuesday afternoon to confirm he is withdrawing from the Argentina squad for their international double header later this month.
Man United wonderkid Alejandro Garnacho has admitted he is set for a spell on the sidelines
Garnacho, 18, left Old Trafford on crutches after a 0-0 draw against Southampton on Sunday
He was subbed off after his right ankle was caught by Kyle Walker-Peters’ sliding challenge
Manager Erik ten Hag had said the injury was not ‘too bad’ after the game – but Garnacho himself has now posted on social media confirming his withdrawal from the Argentina squad
Garnacho posted saying: ‘It is difficult to put into words how I’m feeling right now. Unfortunately I will not be able to help my team and team mates in the upcoming games in what is a very important part of the season for us at Manchester United.
‘I am disappointed to also miss the opportunity to be with my team mates of the Argentinian National Team in what would have been a great and proud moment for me and my family.
‘This is part of football and our profession, however, I am already focused in my recovery. God has taught me to never give up and I will make sure I am back stronger than ever!’
Garnacho, who was pictured leaving Old Trafford on crutches and with his right leg in a protective boot, will now miss Albiceleste friendlies against Panama and Curacao on March 23 and 28 respectively.
Dutchman Ten Hag had said: ‘He was limping a little bit after a bad tackle so in the end I thought I would bring on another striker as we were already downsized to 10 men (after Casemiro’s red card). I don’t think it’s (the injury) too bad.’
Alejandro’s brother Roberto posted a picture of his stricken sibling on social media with the caption: ‘I know you will come back stronger’.
World Cup winners Argentina, managed by Lionel Scaloni, are said to be patient with the injury and will see how it develops before deciding whether to cut Garnacho from the squad.
Saints defender Walker-Peters was shockingly targeted by vile racist abuse on social media after the game. The club accused Instagram of allowing ‘hatred to breed and fester’ as police investigate the messages sent to the full-back.
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