Lisandro Martínez was replaced in the 86th minute of Manchester United’s clash against Wolves, which saw two 90-minute goals scored.
With nine-added minutes, United were stunned when Gary O’Neil’s side scored an equalising goal from a corner at the other end of the pitch.
It seemed like Erik ten Hag‘s men had dropped two more points up until Kobbie Mainoo stole the show. The teenager danced past one Wolves defender before coming inside from the left and curling the ball into the bottom right corner.
The teenager won the game for United, but amidst all of the late-goal craze, it was noticed that Martínez, who was replaced moments before the madness, had an ice pack strapped to his foot while sitting on the bench.
With the defender having gone through consecutive injury problems with his foot, it was a worrying sight for United fans, who watched the Argentine have a dominant game at the back, which included an acrobatic goal-line clearance.
Ten Hag did not provide an update on the defender after the game, with the full attention being on game-winning Mainoo.
However, on Friday morning, information released by The United Stand affiliated account rxnpixels provided clarity on the situation.
He stated: “Can confirm that Lisandro Martinez is NOT injured. The ice pack he had strapped to his foot was just for safety following his substitution in the 86th minute against Wolves.”
Following that report, Ten Hag further explained the situation to the media, saying: “It was a precaution. I took him off because, actually, I had to sub Rasmus [Højlund] because he was dead with all his running! But then we needed an extra header but, also for Licha, I think he is a long way out.”
Martínez was one of United’s best-performing players last season in his first campaign at the club but has had injury troubles that have kept him playing just nine games so far this term.
United and Ten Hag will need the defender going forward if they are aiming to close the gap on the Premier League’s top four.
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