Manchester United’s resounding victory over West Ham was marred by a significant setback as Lisandro Martinez suffered a serious knee injury.
Despite the celebratory mood following two goals from Alejandro Garnacho and a third from birthday celebrant Rasmus Hojlund, United’s joy was overshadowed by the unfortunate news of Martinez’s injury. The World Cup-winning defender may face an extended spell on the sidelines due to damaged knee ligaments.
Martinez was forced off 20 minutes before the final whistle after a collision with Vladimir Coufal resulted in the injury. This setback comes just weeks after Martinez’s return to action, following a lengthy absence due to a severe foot problem.
Erik ten Hag, United’s manager, expressed grave concern about Martinez’s condition, acknowledging the severity of the situation. He stated, “It seems bad. We have to wait for further diagnosis in the coming days. It’s a setback after all the hard work Lisandro put in to make his return. He’s a crucial player for us, not just for his football skills but also for the energy he brings to the team.”
As Martinez undergoes scans to assess the extent of the injury, United anxiously await news on his prognosis, hoping for a swift recovery for the influential defender.“`