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Concussion Leaves Javier Hernandez Questionable for Manchester United Opener

NEW YORK, NY - JULY 25:  Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez of Manchester United speaks at the 2011 MLS All-Star Game press conference at All-Star HUB on July 25, 2011 in New York City. The MLS All-Star game will be played on Wednesday July 27, 2011 at Red Bulls Arena in Harrison, New Jersey.  (Photo by Mike Lawrie/Getty Images)
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Sean BabcockCorrespondent IIJuly 28, 2011

After suffering a concussion that landed him in a U.S. hospital during training, Manchester United's Mexican international star striker, Javier Hernandez, will be out for at least two weeks, according to reports from the club today.

"He got concussion in training and we dealt with that," Alex Ferguson told reporters of the incident. "We took him to a hospital, he had a scan, it was all clear."

But United aren't taking any chances, allotting two weeks for recovery, and making his status for the season-opener (now a little more than two weeks away) questionable.

Hernandez was absent during United's performance at the MLS All-Star Game thanks to the injury, though he was not expected to play in the match anyway. Without him, the English champions stunned the best of Major League Soccer in a 4-0 blowout.

In his two-week absence, "Chicharito" will not take the field as United attempt to exact revenge on Barcelona for their Champions League victory in May when the two clubs meet on Saturday in Washington D.C. He's also not expected to make an appearance against Manchester City in the Community Shield next week.

Ferguson has downplayed the extent of the injury, clearly expressing that Hernandez is expected to make a quick and full recovery. While the two-week recovery window appears to just be cautionary, United's medical team is fully aware of the risks involved with concussions, and they do not take them lightly. Any further complications, however minor, could see that window extended into the regular season.

Manchester United's first Premier League match will take place on the 14th of August against West Brom. If the recovery goes smoothly, Hernandez should be back to full health and ready to make his 2011-12 debut.

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