Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s injury scan results are ‘not encouraging’, a statement released by the Armenian FA has confirmed.
The Armenian skipper was playing for his country during their friendly against Czech Republic when he picked up the knock in an off-the-ball collision with Marek Suchy in the first half of the match. He could not continue after the incident, and was taken off immediately.
The statement from the Armenian FA read: “As reported, senior national team captain Henrikh Mkhitaryan received an injury against Czech Republic and as a result was unable to continue the match.
“Mkhitaryan has had a medical examination in a clinic in Mlada Boleslav. Unfortunately, the results are not encouraging.
“Mkhitaryan was found to have an injury in the lower third of the left thigh muscle. Such injuries usually require a week to 10 days to heal, which means that Mkhitaryan will miss the Denmark-Armenia match on September 4.”
The news means Mkhitaryan now faces a battle to be fit in time for Manchester United’s clash against Manchester City at Old Trafford on the 10th of September.
The news could be a massive blow for United, who have so far made an unbeaten start to the season and will be looking to keep that record going in the Manchester Derby. Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola go head to head for the first time in the Premier League, and the United boss will be hoping the Armenian recovers in time for the clash.
Mkhitaryan signed for United in a reported £26.3 million deal from Borussia Dortmund this summer. He was referred to as the best player in the Bundesliga last season, scoring 11 goals and grabbing 15 assists in 31 appearances.
He is yet to start a game under Mourinho since signing in the summer, but he has made 3 appearances off the bench. His introduction during United’s last gasp 1-0 win against Hull City was seen as a game changing moment, and the injury will come as a blow to him as well.