Javier Hernandez Injury: Updates on Manchester United Striker's Knee and Return

Nick AkermanFeatured ColumnistMarch 6, 2014

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JANUARY 22:  A dejected Javier Hernandez of manchhester United reacts after a missed chance on goal during the Capital One Cup semi final, second leg match between Manchester United and Sunderland at Old Trafford on January 22, 2014 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
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Updates from Friday, March 14

David Moyes is hopeful Javier Hernandez will be fit to make a return for Manchester United against Liverpool this weekend.

The official club Twitter noted:


Updates From Friday, March 7

The team's official Twitter feed has the latest on Hernandez:


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Manchester United are sweating over the fitness of Javier Hernandez after the striker was substituted with a knee problem during Mexico's 0-0 draw with Nigeria.

As reported by Tom Marshall of Goal.com, Little Pea came off at halftime after a collision left him with what could be "sprained ligaments." The poacher reacted after the match, indicating the extent of his injury is yet to be determined:

"I don't feel well, the goalkeeper fell on top of me, I'll wait for the tests," said Hernandez.

BELO HORIZONTE, BRAZIL - JUNE 22: Javier Hernandez of Mexico in action during the FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013 Group A match between Japan and Mexico at Estadio Mineirao on June 22, 2013 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.  (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Get
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United acknowledged the injury with a brief sentence during the Red Devils' international friendly roundup, but offered no further details.

Hernandez has largely remained a bit-part player throughout his Old Trafford career. Both Sir Alex Ferguson and David Moyes have preferred to introduce the striker in a "super sub" role, a duty he often fulfils with important goals.

The 25-year-old has made just six starts across the Premier League and Champions League this term, racking up 13 substitute appearances in the process, per WhoScored.

He has scored two goals in these competitions—strikes against Stoke City and Chelsea—while also netting four in the Capital One Cup. Hernandez also scored during the FA Cup defeat to Swansea, making him something of a specialist away from the English top flight this season.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JANUARY 05:  Javier Hernandez of Manchester United celebrates scoring his team's first goal during the FA Cup with Budweiser Third round match between Manchester United and Swansea City at Old Trafford on January 5, 2014 in Mancheste
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Moyes' attacking options have remained severely hampered throughout the season, with Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie also facing lengthy spells on the sidelines.

He will be itching to see Hernandez return to the Theatre of Dreams without injury, as there's no denying the crafty striker has a role to play across the remainder of the campaign.

Mexico boss Miguel Herrera recently claimed Hernandez is frustrated at United, per Sky Sports:

"He is a bit frustrated because the current manager doesn't give him many chances, but he is committed and doing what he can to become a starter," said the El Tri coach.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 14:  David Moyes manager of Manchester United shakes hands with Robin van Persie as he is replaced by Javier Hernandez of Manchester United during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Crystal Pala
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Alex Horlock of the Daily Mail claims up to six European clubs are interested in landing Hernandez, with the player's representatives quoted as saying, "we do not know what will happen after [the World Cup]."

The reportedly in-demand player faces a battle to regain fitness before he can focus on the remainder of the season, and indeed, a move away. Hernandez is a firm favourite at United, someone who can leave a lasting impact on games, but he rarely offers the same sort of threat when starting.

With players such as Rooney and van Persie at the club, he is likely to receive limited opportunities throughout the remainder of his stay.