Ten Hag plays down Martinez injury fears

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Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag tried to remain upbeat despite defender Lisandro Martinez’s injury during Thursday’s 2-2 Europa League draw with Sevilla.

Martinez was thought to have suffered a serious Achilles injury that would end his season.

“I’m not sure what it is, but it’s not an Achilles,” the Dutchman said to reporters. “I’ve spoken with him, and he’s fine and calm.”

United led 2-0 late in the game at Old Trafford but was forced to settle for a 2-2 draw after two own goals.

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The draw was not the only letdown. Martinez was among the injured players who had to be replaced at halftime against Sevilla, including striker Marcus Rashford, defender Luke Shaw, and Martinez’s fellow centre-back Raphael Varane.

“We have seen Licha Martinez drop out after a moment,” Ten Hag told reporters.

“There was no opponent involved so it doesn’t look that great but we have to wait. The medical staff have to do their job, to give the right diagnosis.

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“I think (it is) an injury (that means) he will not play on Sunday,” Ten Hag added, referring to United’s Premier League game at Nottingham Forest. “I cannot say what the diagnosis (is). I prefer to wait and to know what it is.”

Rashford, who has contributed 28 goals and eight assists this season, is expected to miss a couple of weeks due to a groin injury.

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United became only the second English side to score two own goals in a single match in a major European competition.

Chelsea were the first, in 2019 against Ten Hag’s Ajax Amsterdam.

(Reuters/NAN)

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