Manchester United defender Lisandro Martinez may not be available due to an injury for Argentina’s first World Cup qualifying match against Ecuador.
During the second half of Manchester United’s defeat to Arsenal, Harry Maguire substituted the defender. Following the match, the 25-year-old immediately flew out of the UK to join his Argentina teammates for the upcoming international break, leaving Erik ten Hag unaware of the severity of his injury.
In a press conference, the United manager provided an injury update on Martinez, stating that the center-back is unlikely to participate in Thursday night’s match against Ecuador but could be fit to play against Bolivia next Tuesday.
“Licha, as you know, had an issue with his feet,” Scaloni said, per United’s website. “By the way, he had surgery a while ago. In the last game, he was in pain, and went out for precaution. They have done studies and he’s well. He’ll be with us if we want to risk him or not. It’s an uncomfortable situation and we have other team-mates who can replace him well.
“It’s not necessary that we risk him. In any case, if he’s available, we’ll evaluate whether to use him or not. At first, for [the Ecuador] match, it’d be a little rushed, we’ll see for the second match.”
Argentina’s path to the 2026 World Cup kicks off with qualifying matches against Bolivia and Ecuador. The Manchester United defender did not feature as a starter for the World Cup champions in Qatar, as Scaloni opted to begin matches with Nicolas Otamendi and Cristian Romero.