Man Utd star major doubt v Brighton as injury crisis worsens

Old Trafford night

Manchester United will face Brighton in the Premier League on Saturday (16 September 2023) at Old Trafford after the international break, and they could be without several key players.

According to a report from the Telegraph, Erik ten Hag could be without defender Lisandro Martinez for this fixture.

The Dutchman is certain to be without Raphael Varane, Luke Shaw, and Mason Mount; all three picked up injuries in August.

Antony – who started in United’s first four Premier League games – is currently in Brazil and currently unavailable to play for the club while he addresses allegations of abuse against him. While Antony has vowed to prove his innocence, his situation is unlikely to be resolved this week.

Now, reports suggest that Martinez remains doubtful for the Brighton clash as well. He was withdrawn during the 3-1 defeat at Arsenal just before the international break with a knock.

The 25-year-old allayed injury fears when he travelled with the national team. But, he didn’t feature in Argentina’s fixtures against Ecuador and Bolivia.

It seems he has picked up an issue with his right foot yet again. Ten Hag will hope that the injury is not serious, considering the fact that Martinez suffered a broken metatarsal in the right foot near the end of last season.

His absence could come as a blessing in disguise for Harry Maguire who replaced Martinez after 67 minutes at the Emirates Stadium.

Maguire was heavily linked with a move to West Ham during the summer window, but the move didn’t materialize in the end.

He wants to fight for his place and could make a rare start alongside Victor Lindelof at the back.

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