Argentina’s Football Association has confirmed that Sergio Romero did not suffer damage to bone or ligaments after coming off with a knee injury during his side’s 6-1 thrashing at the hands of Spain.
The 31-year-old collided heavily with Diego Costa in the build-up to Spain’s opening goal, with the pair both racing to reach the ball first.
He was seen clutching his knee in pain and came off for Willy Caballero after 22 minutes ahead of a wholesale capitulation from La Albiceleste in the absence of Lionel Messi.
But Argentina’s FA has confirmed in the aftermath that Romero’s injury is not as serious as first feared.
Romero considered leaving Old Trafford in January in order to receive more game time ahead of the World Cup but you can see why he ultimately decided against it. With Caballero his closest rival, he could probably prepare for the finals by playing Guitar Hero and eating crisps and be in better shape.
On a serious note, the injury sustained against Spain does not look like one which will keep him out for a while. The collision with Costa was not much more than that. No awkward tweaks, no horrible replays of the knee bending in ways it shouldn’t – just bone smashing against bone.
Supporters will hope to see Romero, yet to concede in the FA Cup this season, maintain his place between the sticks at Wembley next month.