Jonny Evans and Nani were both injured in Manchester United’s 1-1 draw with AIK Fotbal in Sweden.
Nani went off after 30 minutes feeling his groin while Evans was replaced by Smalling later on but David Moyes has confirmed that both were taken off as precaution.
Speaking to MUTV after the match, Moyes said: “Jonny actually got kneed on the ankle. He thought that he was going to be able to run it off. But if we left him on then it would only have got worse for him.
“Nani just felt his groin tighten up and he didn’t want to take any risks. Neither did we. We thought it was safer to take him off at that time.”
It was a real shame for Nani especially to go off with an injury as he started the game so brightly. He showed real enthusiasm and his usual classy touch before his groin flared up to cut short his first appearance for Moyes.
Evans’ injury sounds like some bruising to the bone which can be painful but is nothing more than an impact injury, which would indicate a swift return for the Northern Irish defender.
With the season so close to starting, it is a blow to see two first team players sidelined with injury and it is likely that neither will feature against Wigan on Sunday.
But on the positive side, Nemanja Vidic completed 90 minutes in his first appearance under Moyes and his bullish presence at the heart of United’s defence would be a welcome return.
“[Nemanja] was probably the big thing for us, to get him through the full game,” Moyes continued.
“Robin as well – he got 90 minutes. Robin has played in some of the other games but we wanted to make sure he had 90 minutes under his belt. So a few of them did that.
“It was a tough enough workout for us and they played some good stuff. If we had taken our chances then we would have won the game.”
United now have two games to play in three days with Rio Ferdinand’s testimonial on Friday followed by Wigan in the Community Shield on Sunday.
Moyes will likely use all of his squad across both games and keep one eye firmly on the start of the Premier League season against Swansea on August 17.