Manchester United: Martial absent for four weeks

According to AFP, Anthony Martial will miss four weeks of competition with Manchester United after his injury with the France team. He therefore remains on schedule to participate in the Euro this summer.

The striker of the France and Manchester United team, Anthony Martial, hit in a knee, should be absent for four weeks and keep a good chance of playing the Euro (11 June-11 July 2021), learned the AFP this Monday from corroborating sources.

Martial suffers “from a small lesion of the posterior crusaders, which does not require an operation”, one explains in the entourage of the player.

On Sunday, his coach at MU, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, spoke of “several weeks”, without further details, adding “fingers crossed” to “get him back before the end of the season”.

A Magnetic Resonance Image (MRI) passed last Tuesday in Sarajevo, where the Blues beat Bosnia (1-0), “did not suggest anything serious”, according to another source close to the matter. But as a precaution Martial had not been aligned against Bosnia.

A new MRI taken in Manchester showed this small lesion. “A month after the injury, he must be able to replay”, slips a source.

Hit in Kazakhstan

Martial is injured in the home stretch of the season. But the English championship ends on May 23, and the Europa League final is scheduled for May 26 in Gdansk (Poland). ManU is in the quarterfinals of this competition, against Granada (Spain).

Martial was injured in Kazakhstan (2-0 victory) with the Blues. He came out holding his left knee at the start of the second half of this qualifying match for the 2022 World Cup, played on a synthetic turf.

The striker had a mixed club season, with 7 goals and 8 assists in 36 games, but returned to the France group. He notably managed a big match during the convincing victory in Portugal (1-0) in November, even if he had not scored that day, against a very inspired goalkeeper.

Coach Didier Deschamps welcomed the player’s new state of mind. Martial “has changed on and off the field. Over the years you gain maturity. He is much more determined”, “DD” said.

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