Manchester United star out for two to three weeks, likely to miss FA Cup semi-final against Coventry City

Manchester United v Liverpool - Emirates FA Cup Quarter Final
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In what is a fresh setback for Manchester United, Scott McTominay is set to be out for around two to three weeks with a knee injury.

The Scotsman, 27, missed Manchester United’s pulsating 2-2 draw with arch-rivals Liverpool at Old Trafford on Sunday in the Premier League. He has grown into a crucial player for Erik ten Hag’s side this season and currently sits as their joint-top goalscorer in the Premier League with seven strikes to his name, alongside Rasmus Hojlund, Alejandro Garnacho and Marcus Rashford.

Scott McTominay’s absence was a curious case as there had not initially been any indication that he would be doubtful against Liverpool on Sunday, but an update has now been offered on the central midfielder. According to Insider United, McTominay felt discomfort in his knee after suffering a ‘hyperextension’ during the 4-3 away defeat to Chelsea last week, suggesting that he would be sidelined for several weeks.

It read on Twitter: "Scott McTominay was not used against Liverpool due to feeling discomfort in his knee after suffering a hyperextension against Chelsea. Early reports are that it’s not serious and he could be out for 2-3 weeks depending on the rehab."

It is a massive blow for Erik ten Hag, whose side have been hit with injury problems since the start of the campaign. McTominay’s recent issue marks the 56th case of injury or illness that has led to a Man United player missing a game. The Scotland international potentially being out until the end of the month means he would miss Man United’s Premier League games against Bournemouth, Sheffield United and Burnley as well as the FA Cup semi-final clash with Coventry City.

McTominay may not be a regular starter in the middle of the park due to the rise of academy product Kobbie Mainoo and the presence of experienced Casemiro, though he has often been a valuable asset to have on the bench due to his knack of popping up with late goals, as witnessed on a few occasions this season.