Manchester United’s bid to secure a spot in the next season’s Champions League suffered a setback as defender Lisandro Martinez is set to be sidelined for a minimum of eight weeks due to knee ligament damage.
The Argentine, who had just come back from a season-long foot injury, played a crucial role in United’s recent improved performance. Unfortunately, during Sunday’s 3-0 victory against West Ham, Martinez had to leave the field after his right knee gave way in a tussle with Vladimir Coufal for possession.
“Lisandro Martinez has sustained an injury to the medial collateral ligament in his knee and is expected to be out of action for at least eight weeks,” United said in a statement.
“We all wish Licha a speedy recovery and look forward to seeing him back on the pitch later in the season.”
Martinez is poised to be absent for the majority of the remaining matches in the season. However, there is a possibility of his return for the last seven Premier League games and the latter phases of the FA Cup.
“He is very sad, very disappointed,” said United boss Erik Ten Hag after the West Ham game.
“We feel really with him. First of all, it’s a personal disaster when it’s really bad, but let’s wait for what it is. But also for the team it’s really bad because he definitely brings us a lot.”
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