David de Gea picked up an apparent ankle injury during the warm-up for Manchester United’s Europa League clash with Midtjylland on Thursday.
The Spain international began limping United went through their final routines ahead of the last-32 first leg and was withdrawn from the starting line-up. Sergio Romero was named as his replacement.
PIC: Here’s David De Gea warming up earlier. He was injured & will be replaced by Sergio Romero in the starting XI. pic.twitter.com/diOQ6MPKlf
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) February 18, 2016
The news comes just 24 hours after manager Louis van Gaal confirmed that captain Wayne Rooney has joined United’s lengthy injury list after picking up a knee ligament problem.
Van Gaal lamented in the build-up to the game that 13 first-team players were unavailable to him through injuries, but any lengthy absence for De Gea – United’s Player of the Year in each of the last two seasons – could hit the Dutchman hardest of all.
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