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INJURY ROBS GARNACHO OF HIS ARGENTINA DEBUT

- By CHRIS WHEELER

ALEJANDRO GARNACHO will have to pull out of his first Argentina call-up due to the ankle injury he sustained in Manchester United’s goalless draw with Southampto­n at the weekend.

The 18-year-old winger will be out for several weeks and yesterday expressed his disappoint­ment at missing United’s Europa League last-16 clash with Real Betis tomorrow, the FA Cup quarter-final against Fulham on Sunday and the chance to make his Argentina debut against Panama and Curacao. United sources last night confirmed that he is expected to be miss weeks rather than months. Garnacho came on as a 73rd-minute substitute on Sunday and was hurt by a tackle from Southampto­n defender Kyle WalkerPete­rs. He was taken off in the 89th minute and left Old Trafford on crutches. Garnacho wrote on social media yesterday: ‘It is difficult to put into words how I’m feeling right now. ‘Unfortunat­ely I will not be able to help my team.

‘I am disappoint­ed to also miss the opportunit­y to be with my team-mates of the Argentinia­n national team in what would have been a great and proud moment for me and my family.’

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