Manchester United's long-term left-back situation remains unresolved, but one more target has seemingly been struck off this month.
Spanish defender Filipe Luis of Atletico Madrid has been in impressive form this season, winning plaudits in La Liga and admirers from afar.
Daily Telegraph reporter Mark Ogden stated days ago that United had been scouting the 28-year-old Brazilian international, and had even marked him down for a possible transfer this week.
Man United scouted Filipe Luis in action for Atletico against Rayo Vallecano again tonight. A move is possible the week..— Mark Ogden (@MOgdenTelegraph) January 26, 2014
That now looks not just unlikely but impossible after the full-back was stretchered off on Wednesday evening just 14 minutes into Atletico Madrid's Copa del Rey game with Athletic Bilbao.
He was replaced by former Liverpool youngster Emiliano Insua, and looked in immediate pain as he went down with a suspected ankle injury.
While the full extent of the injury is yet to be determined, it appears instantly serious enough to scupper any proposed medical and cause United enough concerns to hold off.
If the Red Devils do elect to sign a new left-back this January, they will have to look elsewhere.
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