In a significant setback, Manchester United is grappling with another injury blow as Victor Lindelof is expected to remain sidelined for over a month following surgery addressing a minor groin issue.
The 29-year-old, who joined United in 2017 for €35 million, sustained the injury during the team’s 2-1 victory over Chelsea earlier this month.
Subsequently, the Sweden international has been absent from key matches against Bournemouth, Bayern Munich, and Liverpool.
Confirming the extent of the setback, the club announced that Lindelof’s absence is anticipated to extend beyond a month.
Lindelof has played a crucial role for United this season, featuring in 18 matches across all competitions and contributing with a goal and an assist.
Manchester United, under manager Erik ten Hag, is currently grappling with a slew of injury challenges.
First-choice center-back Lisandro Martinez has been sidelined since September due to a foot injury, while Harry Maguire is also dealing with a groin issue.
This leaves Raphael Varane and Jonny Evans as the sole options for Ten Hag in the central defensive positions.
The mounting injury concerns have added complexity to Ten Hag’s task, especially considering the recent disappointing performances in both European competitions and the Premier League.
While the defensive approach against Liverpool yielded a valuable point, the upcoming challenge against West Ham United presents another significant hurdle.
In the previous visit to the London Stadium in May, Manchester United suffered a 1-0 defeat, with Said Benrahma’s decisive goal in the first half.
With Varane and Evans showing commendable performances at Anfield in the recent outing, Ten Hag will be relying on the defensive duo to deliver another strong performance in the upcoming weekend.