SALE Sharks director of rugby Steve Diamond says AJ MacGinty will get all the support he needs from the club in the wake of the knee injury the fly-half sustained in Saturday's dramatic 30-29 Premiership win against Harlequins.

The American playmaker delivered another excellent individual display before he was injured defending the Sharks' line late in the game.

After a lengthy delay for treatment, MacGinty was stretchered off and Diamond later confirmed the club were waiting for the results of scans to confirm the extent of the stand-off's injury.

Whatever the outcome, Diamond said the club would give the player the best possible care and rehabilitation.

The director of rugby also revealed that, if the injury was as serious as first feared, the Sharks could look to bring in another fly-half as short-term cover.

"It looks like a serious knee injury but we've whipped AJ off to hospital to have a look at it," Diamond told the club's website after the match.

"He fell in our hour of need – he was defending really well and got us into a good position in parts of the game.

"Fair play to the lad – he puts his body on the line and you can only do it so much.

"We've been building the side around AJ. It took him a year to settle in with us but he's a phenomenal goal-kicker and a great defender and he understands the game really well.

"So it's a bit of a loss for us but we'll be seeing more of James O'Connor at 10 in the next batch of games and I might even go around the world looking for another one.

"We're in a good position in the league and because we don't spend the money some of these other teams spend, we do have a huge reserve there so we might go to have a look at whether we can get a number 10 to see us through to the end of the season to help James and Sam James.

"First and foremost, though, we will check how AJ is after Saturday and see what the specialist says and take it from there.

"We're really sorry to see him get injured but we'll look after him and he'll come back."