Henrikh Mkhitaryan picks up injury on international duty ahead of derby

The midfielder is set to be out for the next 7-10 days with a thigh injury

Henrikh Mkhitaryan picks up injury on international duty ahead of derby
Mkhitaryan is a huge doubt for the Manchester Derby (Picture source: Getty Images)

The International break injury curse has hit Manchester United once again after the Armenian FA confirmed that Henrikh Mkhitaryan has suffered a thigh injury that could take around 10 days to heal.

Mkhitaryan injured in Czech Republic friendly

The United midfielder picked up the injury in an off-the-ball collision with Marek Suchy during the first half of Armenia's friendly against the Czech Republic on Wednesday which resulted in the midfielder taken off as a result.

It couldn't have come at a much worse time with the big Manchester Derby next Saturday against Manchester City at Old Trafford with the likelihood the midfielder will not have recovered in time.

Tests were carried out on Mkhitaryan's injury by the Armenian medical staff and they were not encouraging. The Armenian FA released a statement saying "Mkhitaryan has had a medical examination in a clinic in Mlada Boleslav" with the results, not great that came back.

They continued on to say that "Mkhitaryan was found to have an injury in the lower third of the left thigh muscle" and according to them it would "require a week to 10 days to heal."

Mkhitaryan confirms he is back in Manchester receiving treatment 

Mkhitaryan will be gutted to have picked up the injury just as he started to show what he could do for United against Hull City before the International break. The midfielder came on in the second half and made a big impact which lead to the team winning and many people were looking forward to him starting the next game.

Mkhitaryan changed the game against Hull last weekend | Photo: Getty
Mkhitaryan changed the game against Hull last weekend | Photo: Getty

The midfielder took to Twitter to confirm he had returned to Manchester for treatment saying "My dear fans, I appreciate much that you worry about me, thank you! I'm now back in Manchester for treatment and hope to be fit very soon!"

It is now time for other players in the team to step up while Mkhitaryan recovers and show Jose Mourinho that they also deserve a starting place in the team.