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Diogo Dalot sends 12-word message to Lisandro Martínez after ‘disaster’ injury



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Lisandro Martínez has been sent a message from Manchester United teammate Diogo Dalot after his ‘disaster’ injury against West Ham.

Martínez, 26, was forced off in the 70th minute of the game as United had a two-goal lead. The defender came out badly after a tussel with Vladimír Coufal on the touchline.

It was a blow for Erik ten Hag’s side who have only just got the Argentine back from his extended foot injury suffered earlier in the season.

Martínez’s teammates were visibly worried when the defender hit the ground in pain. They know how important he is to the team.

Following the game, which ended 3-0 as Alejandro Garnacho grabbed a second goal after the injury, fellow defender Diogo Dalot sent Martínez a message on social media.

Reposting an image of the no.6 from the United Instagram account, Dalot added a supportive comment.

“Your pain is our pain,” wrote Dalot. “You will be back soon, my brother.”

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When asked by the media about the setback, Ten Hag displayed his worry despite not yet knowing the full extent of the injury.

“I can’t tell the detail but it seems bad,” he said. “We have to wait for the detail and making the right diagnosis in the coming days. We’ll see what is going on. In this moment, we’re very sad about this but, hopefully, it’s not too bad. We can only pray.

“We have to find out in the next days what is the diagnosis. It’s very bad for him and very bad for the team. He’s just returning and is a very important part for us. Last season, when he fell out, I felt our performances dropped a level. We have to avoid that because we have a good squad and centre-backs who can fill in. But he definitely brings spirit to the team, apart from his footballing abilities.”

It has since been confirmed that the defender suffered a sprained collateral ligament and the club have outlined his return for after the March international break.