Manchester United have announced that ‘Lisandro Martinez will be out of action for an extended period‘ as he recovers from his foot injury.
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Martinez picked up the injury at the end of last season and though it appeared he had fully recovered over the summer, it turns out this was not the case.
The World Cup winner missed last weekend’s win at Burnley and the Carabao Cup victory over Crystal Palace on Tuesday, but it was hoped he would be back soon.
But the Red Devils have now confirmed the worst in a statement on Friday: ‘Lisandro Martinez will be out of action for an extended period due to an aggravation of the foot injury he suffered in April.
‘The Argentinian defender experienced the setback in our Premier League game against Arsenal earlier this month.
‘Martinez bravely continued playing for the following two games against Brighton & Hove Albion and Bayern Munich.
‘But it has now been determined that he needs a period on the sidelines for recovery and rehabilitation. Assessment is ongoing to decide next steps.
‘Everyone at Manchester United sends Lisandro our best wishes and looks forward to him coming back as soon as possible.’
While no timescale is given, it is very likely that the 25-year-old will be sidelined for many months, a huge blow given his importance to Erik ten Hag’s plans.
United’s defence has been ravaged by injuries of late, with Martinez joined by Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Luke Shaw and Tyrell Malacia in the treatment room.
To make matters worse, the club have also announced that Sergio Reguilon, who missed the cup win over Palace with illness, has picked up a ‘minor injury’ and will miss the Premier League clash against the Eagles on Saturday.
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