Robin Van Persie will be out for four to six weeks with a sprained knee sustained during Wednesday’s Champions League victory over Olympiacos.
Manchester United manager David Moyes had earlier indicated that initial scans on Van Persie’s knee were inconclusive and that a further scan would be required by the club’s medical team.
Moyes had earlier said that he was excited by the draw, stating:
“I was thrilled that we were in that draw and we’re in the quarter-finals of the Champions League.
“When we were 2-0 down to Olympiacos a week or so ago, I don’t think a lot of people were putting us through to the quarter-final draw. In a lot of ways, it didn’t matter who we drew.
“But I’ve got to say we’ve drawn out the favourites and obviously the holders of the cup competition as well.
“It’s a really tough draw for us but one that I’m looking forward to.”
Following the additional scan, the bad news was revealed to Manchester United’s official website this afternoon.
The Dutch striker will now almost certainly miss both legs of United’s quarter final encounter with Bayern Munich which was drawn this morning.
Van Persie’s injury will also be a blow to any of United’s lingering hopes of finishing in 4th place this season as they seek to qualify for the Champions League next term.
He had already been ruled out of the trip to Upton Park to play West Ham at the weekend and will also miss the Manchester derby at Old Trafford next Tuesday.
Moyes does have the benefit of being able to turn to Juan Mata to play alongside Wayne Rooney in London tomorrow instead.
He said on Twitter: “What a comeback!! Great team effort!!”