Manchester United’s defender Lisandro Martinez is scheduled for surgery on Monday because of a foot injury that will keep him out of action for around three months.
Manchester United’s defensive challenges continue to mount with each new setback.
The absence of Tyrell Malacia and Luke Shaw due to injuries prompted the loan acquisition of Sergio Reguilon, but now even he has joined the list of injured players.
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Aaron Wan-Bissaka is facing a two-month period on the sidelines, and Raphael Varane’s track record in avoiding injuries is a subject of doubt.
Now, Lisandro Martinez is the latest to face an extended spell on the bench, as he has suffered a recurrence of a foot injury from earlier this year.
Martinez was sidelined in the latter part of the previous season due to a metatarsal issue, and regrettably, he has encountered the same problem once more.
According to reports in The Daily Mail, Martinez is scheduled for surgery on Monday to address the issue. He has sustained damage to the fifth metatarsal in his right foot and will undergo the procedure tomorrow.
This development is a significant setback for United, as Martinez is expected to be out of action for an estimated three months. Despite his use of painkillers to participate in recent matches against Brighton and Bayern Munich, it has become evident that surgery is now the necessary course of action to properly address the issue.
Martinez’s absence is a significant setback for Manchester United. This development only adds to the existing defensive challenges that Erik ten Hag’s team is grappling with.
Losing Martinez is particularly painful as Ten Hag had specifically sought to bring the Argentine player from Ajax to United. The club made a substantial investment of £47 million, potentially rising to £55.5 million, to secure Martinez’s services and facilitate the reunion with Ten Hag.
Martinez had become a dependable choice in defense whenever he was available, and Ten Hag was a staunch supporter of his abilities, despite concerns about his stature.
With Martinez now sidelined, Manchester United faces yet another defensive shortage, and Ten Hag may have to explore options within the reserves, as there appears to be no immediate solution to the ongoing injury woes.