Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag has confirmed that Anthony Martial is running against time to be fit to face Newcastle United on Sunday but Harry Maguire remains on the sidelines.
Martial missed Man United’s tight 1-0 win over Omonia on Thursday night in the Europa League due to a lower back injury he suffered midway through the first half against Everton.
The France international has made only one start under the Dutchman due to lack of fitness and he’s on course to sit out yet another game as a result of what Erik ten Hag described as a ‘lower back injury’ last week.
Speaking ahead of the Newcastle United clash, Ten Hag told MUTV concerning Martial’s fitness level: “Anthony Martial can be [fit to face Newcastle] but we have to wait how it develops in the coming hours.”
Although the former Ajax manager has confirmed that Maguire, United skipper, wouldn’t be available this weekend, Ten Hag believes the England international could return to training as early as next week.
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The former Leicester City defender suffered a hamstring injury in September whilst on international duty with England and has missed four matches against Manchester City, Omonia, Everton and the return leg against Omonia at Old Trafford on Thursday.
“Harry Maguire will not make this, but it doesn’t take long, I think,” said the Dutch tactician. “I think that next week he [Maguire] will be back in the team training or over next week.”
The likes of Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Donny van de Beek are expected to miss the game through injury issues.
Manchester United have won their last three matches in the wake of the 6-3 defeat at Manchester City two weekends ago.
They will look to extend their winning run to four games when they host Newcastle United but they are aware of the Magpies’ recent upturn in form, having won their last two Premier League games 4-1 and 5-1 against Fulham and Brentford respectively.
Speaking about the Magpies, Ten Hag continued: “They do really well. I think it’s a team that can play in high intensity with a lot of energy so that makes it a tough opponent and we know we have to play our best to get the right result.”