The Lowdown: Injury issues
The 26-year-old returned to Old Trafford over the summer following a loan stint with Sevilla but has only featured once under Erik ten Hag, providing an assist in a 2-1 win over Liverpool.
The Latest: Dinnery reacts
He said the forward’s injury could be ‘fairly severe’ but hoped that it would respond well to rest.
Where will United finish this season?
8th or lower
“It could potentially be a fairly severe injury.
“But we do know that it responds well to conservative treatment. With rest, you’d hope he responds well and the pain subsides.
“It does affect flexibility and strength. It’s a very painful condition. With the type of player, he is, with explosive, quick movements, you understand the potential ramifications of having decreased flexibility over the first five to 10 yards.
“Hopefully, a reduction in load will help facilitate a quicker return to play, but that isn’t always the case, You are beholden to the tendon.
“The international break gives us a two-week period to hopefully see him come back after that. If it stretches beyond that, it can be a bit of a concern.
“With scheduling at the moment, it might be something that has to be managed over the course of the season. The form of Marcus Rashford eases the pressure to bring him back too early from injury.”
The Verdict: Not ideal
United failed to sign an out and out new centre-forward over the summer, leaving Ten Hag with limited options in attack. Therefore, Martial’s continued absence isn’t ideal for the Red Devils, and it looks as if the club may need to be cautious with the Frenchman over the coming months.
Hopefully, Martial will be in a position where he can build up his minutes from the bench shortly after the international break, with United having five games in the space of 14 days.
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