Lisandro Martínez injury update: What’s Man United CB’s current status and comeback date?

Manchester United is back on the winning track across all competitions, including the league and FA Cup, having clinched three successive victories in a row. In their latest Premier League outing against West Ham, the Red Devils displayed splendid tranquility with a 3-0 win at Old Trafford on Sunday.

However, in the game, their star center-back, Lisandro Martinez suffered another injury in what was his third start following a return from a prolonged absence due to a foot injury in January. Fortunately, the injury is not as severe as initially speculated, and he is expected to be sidelined for a shorter period.

Good news for Man United fans regarding Lisandro Martínez’s injury

Erik ten Hag’s team secured their first league win of 2024 at home by defeating their London rivals by a three-goal margin, thanks to a brace from Alejandro Garnacho and another goal from Rasmus Hojlund. They also kept a clean sheet, with significant credit going to their Argentine defender, Lisandro Martinez.

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Unfortunately, an injury derailed the defender’s comeback once more because he had to leave the game in the 71st minute as a result of a fierce challenge from an opposition player. “I can’t tell the details, but it seems bad,” the Dutch manager stated in the post-match comments, indicating the initial severity of the injury.

According to Argentine journalist Gastón Edul, Lisandro will not require surgery as it is not a sprained collateral ligament, thus avoiding the worst-case scenario. As he reported, “Lisandro Martinez has a sprained collateral ligament. The worst-case scenario has been ruled out. He does not have to have an operation. Good news.”

The 26-year-old has reportedly suffered a ligament damage to his collateral ligament and is expected to be out of action for at least eight weeks, according to the club’s statement.

When will Lisandro Martínez recover from his injury?

Lisandro Martinez, the former Ajax player, has already missed 22 matches for the Red Devils in this campaign since September 2023. The World Cup winner underwent foot surgery and gradually recovered, eventually regaining full fitness. He marked his comeback against Tottenham Hotspur in a 2-2 draw on January 14.

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Following his recent injury setback against the Hammers during his 10th appearance of the current season, the Argentine center-back is expected to spend another period out of action. It has been reported that he will need to take some time off for recovery, with a potential return after the international break in late March.


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