United will be without Javier Hernandez for at least two weeks, the club has confirmed after he suffered mild concussion in training yesterday following an incident with a stray ball. It comes as a bitter blow to an otherwise tarnish free pre season tour that had seen United rack up 4 impressive wins, leaving only Barcelona standing in the way of an undefeated campaign. The worries surrounding Javier’s injury come as it is confirmed that he will not only miss the Community Shield match against Manchester City on 7 August, the corresponding match in which he scored his first United goal last season, but there is a possibility that he might miss the start of the season. We were all eagerly anticipating his return to the first team but we may have to wait a while longer.
On the positive side, it might give Bervatov, Welbeck, Diouf and Owen and Macheda a chance to showcase why they should be chosen ahead of Hernandez on his return. If there is one position where United won’t be lacking in reserves this season it is definitely in the striker department, seeing as we have 7 strikers in the squad but the partnership of Rooney and Hernandez is something that gave such dividends at the end of last season that we were all left wanting more. Now that United have bought Ashley Young, the possibilities for quick moving counter attacking football are ever more present and I fully expect United to be one of the most feared attacking threats in the Premier League next season. The combined pace of Hernandez, Nani, Rooney, Valencia and Young is a prospect that will leave defenders weak at the knees. I am hoping this is just mere pre-caution rather than anything with a long term impact but it is still a worry for any fan. Here’s to wishing Javier a quick and full recovery.