Man United double fitness blow with two defensive figures set to miss Nottingham Forest clash.
A double fitness setback has hit Manchester United ahead of the Premier League’s return.
Clubs in the Premier League have been obliged to prepare for the Boxing Day matches without several of their first-team players due to the World Cup occurring in the middle of the season.
Manchester United duo Raphael Varane and Lisandro Martinez were both lucky enough to reach the World Cup final just over a week ago, meaning they’re unlikely to have been involved in training at club level leading up to their fixture against Nottingham Forest.
Now, Erik ten Hag has provided an update on their fitness ahead of the return of the Premier League.
”Returning from Rapha Varane and Licha Martinez, they are not there [back at United] but we hope on their comeback [soon],” said Ten Hag, speaking to Manchester United’s media team.
Harry Maguire’s return to training has also been confirmed by Ten Hag, which is good news considering that two central defenders are already out.
A Maguire and Victor Lindelof partnership now seems likely, but being without Varane and Martinez will be devastating for Ten Hag.
For Manchester United so far this season, the World Cup final pair has been in superb form, and their supporters will be hoping they still have it in them to defeat Nottingham Forest this week.