Alejandro Garnacho has been ruled out of the Argentina squad for two upcoming friendlies and will miss a number of key games for Manchester United, the injured young winger has said.
The 18-year-old came off the bench in United’s 0-0 draw against Southampton on Sunday and suffered an injury in the later stages after being called up by Kyle Walker-Peters.
The Southampton defender won the ball on a stretch in the penalty area, but Garnacho’s right ankle was caught between Walker-Peters’ legs.
Following the incident, Walker-Peters and Garnacho exchanged pleasantries on social media without any hard feelings, but United’s exciting young talent faced a spell on the sidelines.
“It’s hard to put into words how I feel right now,” Garnacho wrote on Instagram.
“Unfortunately, I will not be able to help my team and teammates in the upcoming games, which are a very important part of the season for us at Manchester United.
“I am disappointed that I also missed the opportunity to be with my teammates from the Argentina national team in a moment that would have been great and proud for me and my family.
“It’s part of football and our profession, but I’m already focused on my recovery. God taught me to never give up and I will make sure I am stronger than ever again!”
Garnacho left Old Trafford on crutches after the Southampton game and will miss the Europa League game against Betis on Thursday and the FA Cup game against Fulham on Saturday.
He will also miss Argentina’s friendlies against Panama and Curaçao during the international window, missing out on a chance to team up with Lionel Messi and Co after Albiceleste’s World Cup triumph.
It remains to be seen if he will be ready for the club by 2 April when home football resumes for the Red Devils with a trip to Newcastle United.