Lisandro Martinez could be sidelined for up to two months after suffering knee ligament damage during Man United’s win against West Ham… but the Argentine defender will NOT need surgery
- Lisandro Martinez suffered the injury during Man United’s 3-0 win against West Ham
- It came after the Argentine tangled with Vladimir Coufal in the 66th minute
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Lisandro Martinez faces up to two more months out of action with damaged knee ligaments but will not need surgery, it has emerged.
Martinez limped out of Sunday’s 3-0 win over West Ham at Old Trafford with an injury to his right knee after it buckled under the weight of Vladimír Coufal when they tangled in the 66th minute.
The United defender tried to continue for a few minutes but again fell into some distress and was immediately replaced by Raphael Varane.
Martinez had scans on Monday and initial reports in Argentina that he had damaged the collateral ligament in the knee but not his cruciate ligament have now been confirmed.
The 26-year-old player will not require surgery, but the damage will take between one and a half to two months to recover.
Lisandro Martinez is expected to miss ‘up to two months’ with a knee ligament injury
The Argentine appeared to have injured himself after tangling with Vladimir Coufal during the match
Erik ten Hag said his prognosis ‘doesn’t look good’ and added ‘there is a big concern’ about the defender’s fitness
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That means Martinez could miss up to nine more games of an injury-plagued season that has seen just 10 games since August.
Sunday was only the fourth game – and third start – of Martinez’s return from a four-month layoff following a second operation on the broken foot he suffered in a Europa League game against Sevilla last April.
His performances since his return against Tottenham in mid-January have reminded United fans what a key player he is for Erik ten Hag.
Faced with the prospect of losing the Argentine for another long period, the United manager said: ‘It doesn’t look good, so there is a big concern.
‘We have to wait for the diagnosis, then we can tell you more.
‘He is very sad, very disappointed. We are with him. This is a personal disaster. He just comes back. He is very important to us.
Concerned teammates surrounded Martinez after the collision with the Hammers defender
The Argentine looked visibly disappointed after having to leave the field with the injury
“He brings spirit to the team apart from his football ability. Hopefully it’s not too bad, we can only pray.
“He’s worked so hard to come back and now, after four games, it looks like he’s going to have to sit out a few more games.”