Manchester United defender Lisandro Martinez will be out for at least eight weeks after suffering a knee injury. Martinez was taken off in the second half of Sunday’s 3-0 win over West Ham, according to GOAL. Martínez, 26, was forced off in the 70th minute of the game as United had a two-goal lead. The defender came out badly after a tussel with Vladimír Coufal on the touchline. It was a blow for Erik ten Hag’s side who have only just got the Argentine back from his extended foot injury suffered earlier in the season.
He was playing in only his eighth Premier League game of the season after more than three months out with a foot injury. A statement from Manchester United said: “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. “We all wish Licha a speedy recovery and look forward to seeing him back on the pitch later in the season.”
Despite him escaping a more negative diagnosis, Martinez’s loss will still be sorely felt. The likes of Luke Shaw, Victor Lindelof and Harry Maguire have also struggled with injury this season, while there are growing doubts over 30-year-old Raphael Varane’s ability to play more than once per week. Ten Hag will hope his Argentine stalwart will be out for no longer than the aforementioned eight-week mark, when their battle for European football hits the business end.