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United star Cavani struggling to shake off tendon injury

Manchester United's Uruguayan striker Edinson Cavani says he has been suffering from tendon troubles since the pre-season.

United star Cavani struggling to shake off tendon injury
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Manchester United striker Edinson Cavani has revealed that the injury that made him miss the Manchester derby defeat to City is a niggling problem with his tendon.

Cavani sat out the 2-0 defeat to neighbours City at Old Trafford on Saturday after finding the net in the previous game at Tottenham and making a substitute appearance during the Champions League draw at Atalanta.

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The striker was omitted from Uruguay's squad for World Cup qualifiers against Argentina and Bolivia following the setback. Cavani says the injury is one he was also troubled by in pre-season but did not shed any light on how long he might be sidelined for.

He told El Observador: "The issue was like this. Before starting the season, I had discomfort in a tendon. It made me spend a couple of weeks out until I began to gain some minutes [on the pitch] in my team. I had to go back to the national team, always with a bit of pain, but with the hope that it would disappear. It was improving but, after Tottenham, it started coming back. They are difficult injuries and I decided to have the treatment so that it does not continue to get worse, and to recover as soon as possible to be fit for my team and the national team."

Two starts for United this season

Cavani has only started two games for the Red Devils this season, coming off the bench six times and scoring just the one goal against Spurs. Struggling United are next in action against Watford at Vicarage Road on 20 November.


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