Guillermo Varela has been ruled out for three to four months after suffering an ankle ligament injury whilst on loan at Eintracht Frankfurt.
His failure to make an impact on the squad upon Jose Mourinho’s arrival in June led to the youngster signing a season-long loan deal with Frankfurt.
And in what was just his second appearance for the German side, Varela was forced off in the 7th minute after a nasty collision with Darmstadt 98’s Sven Schipplock.
Sporting director Fredi Bobic expressed his concerns over what will be a serious set-back for Varela.
“I immediately had a bad feeling. It was a very unnecessary tackle,” he said.
After a fruitful spell in the first team, making 11 appearances at right back under Louis van Gaal, Varela was quickly consigned to anonymity within the ranks at Old Trafford following a shaky first half performance in a Europa League tie with Liverpool.
His move to Frankfurt signalled a new beginning, a chance to feature every week at a high level, honing and perfecting the qualities that allowed him to seamlessly slot into van Gaal’s side last season.
Unfortunately, this latest setback – which could see him plummet down the ranks at Frankfurt – poses a real threat to Varela’s chances of reasserting himself on Manchester United’s senior side.