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David de Gea ruled out of action with finger injury

United's goalkeeping star suffered a dislocated finger on international duty.

Laurence Griffiths

Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea has been ruled out of action after suffering a dislocated finger in training with the Spanish national side. The upshot is that he'll certainly miss Spain's Euro 2016 qualifier against Belarus on Saturday, and possibly their friendly against Germany next week.

However, he is staying with Spain, which is generally a pretty good sign. Had they sent him packing for Manchester, there'd probably be a longer layoff on the cards. As it is, we can pretty well hope to see Big Dave back in action for United when domestic football returns next weekend. With United taking on Arsenal at the Emirates next Saturday, that's just as well.

De Gea has established himself as United's most valuable asset since his arrival from Atlético Madrid as a scrawny 21-year-old beanpole back in 2011. Over the last couple of seasons he has firmly established himself as one of Europe's best goalkeepers, though only made his debut international appearance earlier this year.