Manchester United’s Defensive Woes Deepen as Lisandro Martinez Faces Two-Month Absence
Manchester United’s defensive struggles have taken a further hit as Lisandro Martinez is set to be sidelined for two months due to an aggravated foot injury.
Initially deemed a minor injury, Martinez’s condition has deteriorated, marking a recurrence of the foot ailment that prematurely concluded his last season in April.
Despite battling through discomfort in recent defeats against Brighton and Bayern Munich, United have now decided that Martinez requires an extended period of recovery.
Regrettably, this setback will force Martinez to miss critical fixtures, including the upcoming Manchester derby and a significant portion of Manchester United’s Champions League group stage matches.
Erik ten Hag, Manchester United’s manager, now grapples with the absence of four key defenders over an extended period.
Luke Shaw, Tyrell Malacia, and Aaron Wan-Bissaka are all slated to be sidelined until November, further exacerbating the club’s defensive concerns.
Additionally, Sergio Reguilon, who sat out the midweek victory against Crystal Palace due to a minor issue, will also be absent from the Premier League match against Roy Hodgson’s squad on Saturday.
This predicament has paved the way for Sofyan Amrabat to potentially make his first Premier League start, likely in the left-back position.
Meanwhile, the available center-back options for Ten Hag include Raphael Varane, Victor Lindelof, Harry Maguire, and Jonny Evans, as they aim to shore up the defense during this challenging period.