United Handed Major Injury Boost As Key Player Reveals He Will Be Back Available “Very Soon”

Manchester United defender Lisandro Martinez has revealed that his recovery from surgery is going well.

The Argentinian international underwent an operation in September to fix a longstanding foot injury and, speaking to the club’s official website, the centre-back said that he is confident of making his comeback “very soon”.

“Well, I am really good, I am really good, honestly. My rehab is going amazingly, in the way that I want, I am feeling strong, doing everything right with Ibra [Ibrahim Kerem] the physio, he has been amazing. And also the medical department, they take care of me from day one so it was really important. Yeah, all is perfect for me…”

“Definitely, we need to be patient, we need to be patient. I know that I will be back soon, very soon. It takes time, we need to be patient.”

Ten Hag has confirmed when Martinez will return to action

At his pre-match press conference on Friday afternoon ahead of the Nottingham Forest game, manager Erik ten Hag stated that he expects Martinez to be back fit in “mid-January” along with several other players.

It means there is a chance that he could make his return for the clash against Tottenham before the winter break. However, it is more likely that his first start would come versus Wolves at the start of next month when he has had time to regain match fitness.

United have missed Martinez in defence

The Red Devils have let in 25 goals in the league so far this season. That’s an average of 1.31 goals conceded every 90 minutes.

With Martinez in the side last campaign, that average was 1.13 per 90, so there is no doubt that his absence has been felt.

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David Tully

David Tully

David has worked as a football reporter for the last fifteen years. Having started as an intern at Snack Media, he then went on to become a freelancer, working on various different sites. At the start of 2023, he took up his current role as content writer for National World's Football News Network.