Manchester United forward Romelu Lukaku had to be stretchered off after suffering an early injury during Saturday’s clash with Southampton.

The Belgium international banged heads with Saints defender Wesley Hoedt in the ninth minute of the Old Trafford contest.

Lukaku stayed on the ground after the incident and was tended to by medical staff for fully five minutes before he was carried off, to a standing ovation.

Reports have subsequently emanated from Old Trafford suggesting Lukaku is being treated at the ground rather than being taken to hospital.

But there will nonetheless be concern about the wellbeing of United’s leading goalscorer and he could be set to miss Monday’s game against Everton at the very least – FA rules state a player who suffers suspected concussion cannot return to action within six days.

Lukaku joined United from Everton for £75m in the summer and scored 11 goals in his first 10 games for his new club, although he has endured a more difficult period of late, with just four goals in his last 19 appearances.

Prior to the injury, he came close to giving United the lead on Saturday night, heading a cross from Juan Mata a few inches over the crossbar.

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