Manchester United defender Matteo Darmian seemingly suffered a serious injury during the loss to Southampton on Saturday, according to Louis van Gaal.
A collision with Shane Long appeared to cause the issue, with the Italian international sustaining rib and chest injuries according to initial reports.
However, it appears as though it could be more serious than first thought as United now await to discover how long the full-back will be sidelined for.
“He was spitting blood on the pitch so he has already gone to the hospital and we have to wait and see what happens,” said Van Gaal in a news conference. “That is the fifth full-back who has been injured.
“Probably there is something wrong in one rib and also the chest but we have to wait and see. It was not a nice view for the players to see that. Darmian is bad because he is now in hospital.”
The Dutch tactician went on to rue his luck as Darmian became the fifth full-back to pick up an injury, with the likes of Luke Shaw, Ashley Young and Marcos Rojo all already sidelined.
Given the frustration at Old Trafford on Saturday after another disappointing home result, it remains to be seen how United bounce back as the knives are seemingly out for Van Gaal yet again who will be forced into another defensive reshuffle.
Having overcome a difficult period through December, the Red Devils are back under pressure as Van Gaal was left to bemoan another injury which he believed affected their momentum in the clash with the Saints.