Erik Ten Hag believes Lisandro Martinez’s knee injury won’t disrupt Manchester United’s positive momentum.
Man United’s Argentine defender Lisandro Martinez exited the field during last weekend’s win against West Ham due to ligament damage in his right knee. He will likely be out for two months.
This setback occurred after Martinez’s return from a foot injury that kept him sidelined for an extended period. Despite his absence, United managed to secure victories in three matches and a draw in one.
“It is a setback, of course. Licha was returning, you see his contribution to the team when he is playing, apart from the technical skills also the mentality,” said Ten Hag.
“It is a big setback for Licha, he is very disappointed about it but he is a fighter. He will be back stronger and we think he’ll be back by the end of the season so there are games to play.
“As a squad, we have to replace him and we have very good players in that position who can play there and will play there. As a squad we have to deal with it.”
Raphael Varane stepped in for Martinez, with Victor Lindelof and Jonny Evans also available options for Ten Hag for Sunday’s match against Aston Villa.
“We have options, how to deal with that position,” said the Dutchman. “We have good centre-halves in our squad. The others are all available, Luke (Shaw) can play also there.
“I’m quite confident we can keep this process going, that others can fulfil that position and also contribute, play in high levels. Those players are experienced and are very good players so it’s up to them now.”