Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez's prospects of securing a move away from Old Trafford this summer appear to have been dealt a sizeable blow after he sustained an injury while on international duty with Mexico.
Hernandez, one of several key players to be rested by Mexico manager Miguel Herrera for the 2015 Copa America, was named in El Tri's starting line-up for a pre-Gold Cup friendly against Honduras in Houston, Texas, but lasted just 41 minutes before being replaced by Oribe Peralta following a challenge from Brayan Beckeles.
While the 27-year-old was in visible discomfort, the extent of the problem was initially unknown until Mexico team doctor Gerardo Aguilar confirmed he is facing at least a month on the sidelines with a fractured collarbone.
"The fracture of the right collarbone has been confirmed clinically," he said after the game according to ESPN. "He's being re-evaluated in hospital to confirm what we observed in a radiological study. [He'll be out] for three to four weeks minimum."
Quite what impact such an injury will have on Hernandez's immediate future remains to be seen, although you have to imagine it could certainly affect his chances of proving himself worthy of a starting role under United boss Louis van Gaal or indeed completing a move elsewhere.
Hernandez wants to stay at Real Madrid
As reported by The Mirror earlier in June, the player, who spent last season on loan at Real Madrid, is keen to return to the Bernabeu but such a desire is unlikely to be reciprocated after the club declined to take up their €20m ($31.2m) option to sign the player on a full-time basis.
Carlo Ancelotti's departure makes a permanent switch to La Liga more unlikely, with successor Rafael Benitez likely to have his own transfer targets in mind. Juventus striker Fernando Llorente is his key target, so say fresh reports from La Sexta featured in Spanish daily AS.
Adrian Heath, head coach of Major League Soccer newcomers Orlando City, told MLS Soccer in May of his interest in potentially acquiring Hernandez and recent speculation from Click Orlando claims the two parties have already held discussions with a "65 to 70% chance" of a deal being struck over the coming weeks.
The franchise's plan was apparently to pair him with former Brazil international Kaka at the Citrus Bowl but it seems questionable if that will now come to fruition given he is set for a lengthy layoff and the current MLS regular season is scheduled to end in October.
As well as casting doubt upon his transfer chances, Hernandez's injury will also rule him out of contention for the Gold Cup.
Mexico have been placed in Group C for the tournament and play their opening fixture on 9 July against Cuba at Soldier Field in Chicago.
Hernandez scored in his country's previous friendly, a second-half equaliser in the 2-2 draw with Costa Rica.