After being substituted in Manchester United’s FA Cup semi-final triumph over Brighton, Bruno Fernandes was seen wearing a protective boot and using crutches.
After 101 minutes, Fernandes was replaced by Wout Weghorst at Wembley Stadium on Sunday. In the closing stages of the tense contest, he appeared frustrated to be withdrawn and was spotted yelling orders at his team-mates on the touchline.
United went on to win the semifinals on penalties, 7-6, but the victory appears to have come at a cost. Fernandes looked to twist his right ankle on the field, and an Instagram post from his partner Ana Pinho depicts a concerning scene for Manchester United fans.
Fernandes is portrayed resting on the sofa, holding a drink and raising his right foot on cushions. The case with a protective boot and crutches with the caption “recharging” is in the foreground.
On the weekend, the Portuguese midfielder played his 50th game of the season. He has been a near-constant for Erik ten Hag’s side, frequently captaining in the absence of Harry Maguire.
United return to Premier League action on Thursday, when they travel to Tottenham Hotspur. There has been no official update on Fernandes, but the photo suggests he is a significant doubt for that game and possibly more to follow.
Ten Hag’s team will then face Aston Villa at Old Trafford on Sunday, followed by games against Brighton and West Ham the following week. The FA Cup final vs Manchester City is set to take place on June 3.
United have already suffered a slew of injuries. With Maguire suspended and Lisandro Martinez and Raphael Varane sidelined, Victor Lindelof partnered Luke Shaw in center defense at Wembley.
Ten Hag confirmed on Sunday that Varane might play in the FA Cup final, although Martinez has been ruled out for the rest of the season after suffering an injury in the 2-2 draw with Sevilla on April 13.
Donny van de Beek is also gone for the season due to a major knee injury, while Scott McTominay is out with a knock and Alejandro Garnacho is still working his way back.
United currently sit fourth in the Premier League, six points clear of Tottenham with two games remaining. They are level on points with Newcastle, who have played one more game after a dominating 6-1 win over Tottenham on the weekend.