Manchester United’s key defender Lisandro Martinez was out of action for a long period of time again as no one noticed that the injury that ruled him out for the season had not completely healed.
American media ‘ESPN’ reported on the 30th (Korean time), “Coach Eric Turnhag admitted that Lisandro Martinez played in the game even though his physical condition was not 100%.”
On the 29th, Manchester United officially announced on the club’s official website, “Lisandra Martinez will not be able to play for a long time due to the worsening of the foot injury he suffered last April.”
Argentine defender Lisandro is one of Manchester United’s starting centre-backs. Although he is small for a center back at 175 cm tall, he played as the center of the team’s defense last season along with French center back Raphael Varane, helping Manchester United finish in third place in the Premier League.
Lisandro, who was having a good debut season, was carried out on a stretcher in the second half of the 2022/23 UEFA Europa League quarterfinals first leg against Sevilla, which ended in a 2-2 draw last April, after complaining of ankle pain.
After undergoing a thorough examination immediately, Lisandro was diagnosed with a metatarsal fracture in his right foot and was put on the operating table. He was ruled out for the season as he was unable to play in the remaining games. Fortunately, he returned from injury before the start of the 2023/24 season, but it was shocking to discover that he had not fully recovered.레고토토
The problem was that not only the Manchester United medical staff but also Lisandro’s home country, the Argentina national soccer team, failed to properly confirm this, which ultimately led to Lisandro being out of action for a long period of time once again.
Manchester United said: “Lissandro, who suffered a foot injury last April, has now been deemed to require some time off to recover and rehabilitate, and an assessment is underway for his next steps. Everyone at Manchester United wishes Lisandro the best of luck.” “I hope he returns as soon as possible.”
According to Simon Stone, a reporter for the British public broadcaster BBC, Manchester United expects that they will have to monitor the condition of Lisandro’s foot for about two to three months, and that he will not be able to return to the game until 2024 at the latest.
Coach Tun Haag also spoke about Lisandro’s condition. Coach Turn Haag, who attended a press conference on the 29th ahead of the 7th round of the 2023/24 Premier League season against Crystal Palace held at Old Trafford in Manchester, England at 11 pm on the 30th, said, “I received a proper diagnosis in Argentina, but the problem is only now. “It turned out that it exists,” he said.
He added: “Lisandra is not 100% fit, so it’s very sad for him and the team.”
Manchester United allowed a total of 14 goals in the five games in which Lisandro played this season (Tottenham, Nottingham, Arsenal, Brighton, Bayern Munich), and coach Turn Haag said that the large number of goals conceded in recent games was related to Lisandro’s physical condition. claimed that there is.
“I think there is a big difference between Lisandro Martinez in the last games and Lisandro Martinez in his debut season at Manchester United,” he said. “Performance also declines,” he said.
In fact, for the first time in about 45 years since 1978, Manchester United set a disgraceful record of conceding 3 goals in 3 consecutive games (1-3 against Arsenal, 1-3 against Brighton, 3-4 against Munich), all of which were started by Lisandro. went out to Also, after Lisandro was out, Manchester United won two consecutive games (1-0 against Burnley, 3-0 against Palace) without conceding a goal.
Manchester United failed to properly check the status of Lisandro’s recovery from injury and ended up paying the price of defensive instability and a second long-term absence.
Meanwhile, along with the news of Lisandro, Manchester United also announced that Spanish left-back Sergio Reguilon, signed on loan from Tottenham, was also injured. Unlike Lisandro, it was confirmed to be a minor injury, but it was expected that it would be difficult for him to return before the international break in October. Following Luke Shaw and Tyrel Malasia, loan signing Reguilon was also added to the injured list, and Manchester United faced the negative news of the destruction of their first-team left-back.
As Lisandro was once again out of action for a long period of time, some fans expressed regret over the failure to recruit Kim Min-jae (Bayern Munich), one of the world’s best defenders, from Korea during the summer transfer window.
In the 2023 summer transfer market, Manchester United was evaluated as the team closest to recruiting Kim Min-jae, the best defender in Italian Serie A last season and the first Asian defender to be included in the 30 finalists for the Ballon d’Or. Kim Min-jae, who was playing for SSC Napoli at the time, had a buyout clause of 50 million euros (about 70.9 billion won), so it was assumed that Manchester United would be able to sign him without difficulty.
However, while Manchester United’s recruitment of Kim Min-jae was slow due to problems with the club’s acquisition, Bayern Munich, the German Bundesliga champion, completed individual negotiations and succeeded in signing Kim Min-jae.
After moving to Munich, Kim Min-jae has established himself as Munich’s starting defender along with Dayot Upamecano, as expected, and is taking full responsibility for the team’s defense. However, on the contrary, Manchester United, who failed to recruit Kim Min-jae, did not bring in the next best option, leading to an unstable defense in every game from the beginning of the season. He regretted not properly reinforcing his defenders.