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Return Date Announced – Man Utd boss Erik ten Hag gives worrying Lisandro Martinez injury news after Sevilla draw

Erik ten Hag, manager of Manchester United, has spoken out about Lisandro Martinez following his team's 2-2 Europa League match with Sevilla on Thursday night.

Erik ten Hag, manager of Manchester United, has offered an early injury update on Lisandro Martinez following his team’s 2-2 Europa League match with Sevilla on Thursday night. The Argentina international was stretchered down the tunnel late in the game. Now, it appears like the 25-year-old will have to sit out for a while.

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Manchester United raced to a 2-0 lead against Sevilla, thanks to a stunning brace from Marcel Sabitzer.

However, courtesy to own goals from Tyrell Malacia and Harry Maguire, the La Liga heavyweights were able to grab a point late on.

To make matters worse for United, Martinez was forced off the field before the late comeback, with the Argentina international being taken off the field by two Sevilla players before being stretchered down the tunnel.

As he was carried away from the field of play, the center-back was visibly upset.

And, with a concerning update, Ten Hag has opened up on the defender, saying that it appears his No 6 will be out of action for the foreseeable future.

“It doesn’t look good when Licha Martinez drops out with no opponent involved,” the 53-year-old stated. “It doesn’t appear to be very good. I’m afraid we’ll have to wait for now.

“It’s the same with Rapha [Varane].” I didn’t speak with him after the game, but I’m aware of an injury complaint in recent weeks, so we’ll see how things stand now.”

Ten Hag lamented his team’s failure to kill off Sevilla and said they lost ‘rhythm’ as the game progressed.

“We had the game under control. We were up 2-0. “We should have gotten three or four points,” he said.

“Then some unlucky moments with injuries. Had to make some subs with Varane at halftime and Martial because it’s his first start in a long time.

“Injuries caused us to lose our game rhythm.” We played quite well in the first half and had a lot of confidence. We should have gotten more points.”

United goalscorer Sabitzer also spoke out.

And the Austria international admitted he was struggling to comprehend the result given how the Red Devils had dominated the early stages of the game.

“I’m having trouble finding the right words,” admitted the midfielder, who has now scored three goals for the club.

“It was like a rollercoaster game.

“We had to finish the game off and at the end, it’s a draw and it’s not what we wanted.

“We had opportunities to win the game.” We dominated the game, but we gave up too many easy goals.

“We cannot concede these kinds of goals and we’re really disappointed now.

“In a competition like this, you have to be focused until the end. The last minutes were a bit strange. Two stupid goals.

“That’s not what we wanted. When you are 2-0 up at home you have to get it done.”

Now, United will need a quick return to winning ways with the fixtures continuing to come thick and fast.

They’ll lock horns with Nottingham Forest on Sunday looking to bounce back and boost their chances of finishing in the Premier League top four.

United will then go up against Sevilla in the second leg next Thursday (8pm).

And they’re scheduled to lock horns with Brighton in the semi-finals of the FA Cup just three days after that.

United remains on course for a cup treble but, with Martinez out for the foreseeable, winning more silverware will be easier said than done.


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