Chris Smalling is suffering from a potential Euro 2012 ending injury after a groin problem marred Manchester United’s win over Swansea.
The 22-year-old defender stayed on the field for 90 minutes in the Reds’ 2-0 triumph however Roy Hodgson’s England squad may be affected by the injury, which is worse than previously thought.
The versatile defender will miss Sunday’s away match at Sunderland after making his return to the first team following four weeks out.
Manchester United will need to beat the North East side and hope rivals City falter against Queens Park Rangers at home in order to win the Premier League title.
Rio Ferdinand looks set to return to the side after limping off injured with a ‘spasm in his groin’, according to Sir Alex Ferguson.
A shortage of players at the back may continue to affect the boss’ decision, as Jonny Evans remains out of action following a foot injury sustained by a challenge from former United midfielder Darron Gibson.
Smalling has made successful appearances in an England shirt and looked comfortable to make Hodgson’s squad – which will be announced at the start of next week.