Man Utd's title aspirations have been dealt another blow with news of an injury for Anderson.
United midfielder suffers thigh strain while on international duty
Manchester United's title aspirations have been dealt another blow with news of an injury for Brazilian midfielder Anderson.
The 20-year-old had looked set to deputise for the suspended Paul Scholes against Aston Villa on Sunday.
But a thigh injury picked up in training for Brazil on Monday has ruled him out of Wednesday's World Cup qualifier against Peru and his hopes of returning to face The Villans look slim.
A statement on the Brazilian Football Confederation's website said: "The player, under the assistance of team doctor Jose Luis Runco, had an MRI scan on Tuesday afternoon in which the strain was confirmed.
"The player has started recovery treatment."
Although Anderson has not been a regular starter under his international coach Dunga, he had looked set to be involved in some capacity against the Peruvians.
Brazil are fourth in the South American qualifying zone, though, with 18 points and are heavy favourites with the bookmakers ahead of their clash with rock-bottom Peru.