Javier Hernandez could be out of action for up to four weeks after breaking his collarbone during a Gold Cup warm-up match between Mexico and Honduras.
Hernandez, who faces an uncertain future at club level, was not permitted a permanent deal at Real Madrid which furthered suggestions that he is not part of Louis van Gaal’s plans.
An injury like a broken collarbone may put any potential move in jeopardy but time will tell.
It is also a shame to see Hernandez not fully reach the standard so many expected after his debut season at Old Trafford in 2010. We all thought Sir Alex Ferguson had found yet another goalscoring gem but all of a sudden his confidence looked shot and defenders began to wise up when playing against him.
Whatever happens next is now totally in the balance. If he can return to training in four weeks time and get some pre-season training under his belt someone may be willing to take a chance.
Hernandez may not be good enough for the highest level in football i.e. Manchester United or Real Madrid, but he could still make a good career for himself at a reasonably big time.
Unless United fail to bring in another striker this summer after refusing to take Radamel Falcao permanently, van Gaal may have no other choice but to grant the Mexican one more chance. Especially when Robin van Persie’s future uncertain.